SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (June 17, 2014) – Premier, Inc. has recognized Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center of Sioux Falls, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital of Yankton and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen with QUEST® Awards for High-value Healthcare, recognizing delivery of high-quality, cost-effective health care.
Avera McKennan and Avera Sacred Heart were named as Finalists, reaching top performance in five out of six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, which include reducing preventable harm, lower-than-expected rates of mortality and readmissions, reduced average cost of care, positive patient experience and evidence-based care. Avera St. Luke’s received a Citation of Merit for achieving top performance in four of the six areas.
“Participation in this collaborative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve,” said Deanna Larson, Senior Vice President of Quality for Avera Health. “We’re proud of the quality standards we have achieved in our hospitals, which ultimately benefit our patients through improved outcomes.”
The six QUEST quality measures include:
- Obtaining a mortality rate at least 15 percent less than expected;
- Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge;
- Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time;
- Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time;
- Reducing preventable harm events; and
- Obtaining a readmissions rate at least 11 percent less than expected.
QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make healthcare safer, more efficient and consistently effective. Approximately 330 QUEST hospitals were eligible for the QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare.
Susan DeVore, Premier President and CEO said, “QUEST hospitals have a really fresh perspective on the state of health care today, which they’re using to rethink the way care is provided and design innovative changes that impact our future. It’s no easy task for health systems to do this on their own, so they work together to capitalize on the power of information. Our vision is to outperform this industry together, on our own terms, which is exactly what these Avera hospitals are doing. Premier congratulates them for the fantastic achievements they’ve made.”
The nation’s leading hospitals created QUEST to set new standards in healthcare that ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In five and a half years, they have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion.
Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.
About Avera Health
Avera is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to provide excellent care at 300 locations in 100 communities in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states. Our ministry, our people and our superior value distinguish Avera. We carry on the health care legacy of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, delivering care in an environment guided by our values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. Avera employs more than 13,500. Inpatient, outpatient and clinic visits totaled nearly 2.5 million in the last year, a number equal to more than twice the population of the Avera service area. For more information, please visit www.Avera.org