Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Receives 2014 VHA Excellence Award for Clinical Care

Memorial_Hospital_FrontFrom Melanie Powell/Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center

JASPER, INDIANA – Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center announced today it has received an Excellence Award for Clinical Care from VHA Inc., the national health care network. The award recognizes Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s achievement of exceptionally high levels of performance in clinical care when compared to national benchmarks. The award was presented on Sunday, April 27 during VHA’s national Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.

“We are honored that our commitment to quality patient care is recognized by VHA, Inc.  We’re also thankful for the commitment of our staff to the compassionate care they provide each day,” said Kyle Bennett, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

To determine the winners of their Clinical Care Award, VHA used cost, length of stay, readmission and clinical outcome data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine an integrated performance score for each of its member hospitals. In addition to scoring above the 90th percentile, as compared to other VHA members, the hospital must also have participated in a VHA improvement program in 2013. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was one of four acute care hospitals (with less than 250 beds) recognized for their excellence.

“Hospitals today are focused on improving clinical outcomes, making operations more cost effective and enhancing the patient’s experience,” said Byron Jobe, VHA Executive Vice President, Service and Delivery. “VHA’s Clinical Care Award honors institutions who are succeeding in those areas and that are diligently working to identify areas for improvement to deliver even better results and lower costs for the communities they serve. Their spirit and commitment to continuous improvement reflects VHA’s mission, and we are proud to recognize Memorial Hospital’s achievements.”

VHA is a national network serving more than 5,100 health system members and affiliates that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency. By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to further enhance the overall level of quality in our nation’s health care system.

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