Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has received a 2018 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes Barnes-Jewish West County as a top performing hospital demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005. The award was presented on Oct. 4 during the 2018 Vizient Connections Summit held in Las Vegas.
“Every day the employees and physicians of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital demonstrate the qualities recognized by this award through their engagement and commitment to continually improving our organization,” says Trish Lollo, president, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “We take great pride that we have again been recognized by Vizient for the outstanding care we deliver.”
This year, 99 academic medical centers, 100 complex teaching medical centers and 93 community hospitals were included in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital was number 3 out of 93 participating health systems in the community hospital category. The study measured performance based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness. The study’s composite scoring system uses patient-level performance data from a variety of sources, including the Vizient Clinical Data Base, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Core Measures, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
The Vizient Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers, complex teaching medical centers and community hospitals identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity.
“Today’s leading hospitals are leveraging advanced analytics and innovative technology to provide superior clinical outcomes and patient experiences and while effectively managing costs,” said Byron Jobe, president and chief executive officer for Vizient. “Receiving this award indicates that Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has demonstrated a leadership style focused on results and a culture of collaboration and adaptability that is necessary to succeed during this time of change in the health care industry. We congratulate them on their achievement and commitment to delivering exceptional patient care.”