Paoli Hospital Named Among the Nation’s Top Performers in Quality Patient Care

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Premier award logoThe Hospital in top 1% of hospitals nationwide

(PAOLI, Pa.)—Paoli Hospital today announced it has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). Paoli Hospital is one of 23 winners out of more than 3,796 eligible hospitals nationwide, placing it in the top 1 percent of hospitals.

The AFQ recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. The AFQ measures top performers at the overall hospital level based on performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators.

“Paoli Hospital has always prided itself in the high quality patient care we provide as a result of our ongoing efforts to improve our care delivery systems and our focus on evidence-based care,” said Paoli Hospital President Barbara Tachovsky. “For example, we launched an innovative patient care facilitator program in which a new advanced nursing position was created to focus on concurrently tracking patient care quality measures and assisting the nurses and physicians in meeting evidence-based quality standards. We also attained Magnet™ designation, the nation’s highest award for nursing excellence, and have been recognized as a 100 Top Hospital two years in a row.”

Tachovsky accepted the award at the 2009 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition held June 16–19 in Anaheim, Calif.

“The Award for Quality honors the efforts of our nation’s leading hospitals to provide superior quality and operational efficiency,” said Susan DeVore, Premier incoming president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the efforts of these facilities as they improve the health of the communities they serve.”

All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Using MedPar 2007 data, Quality and Efficiency Indexes were calculated for 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level. Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes: mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index using the preference weightings from the Corporate Hospital Rating Project (CHRP). The efficiency index was generated using length of stay as a proxy for resource utilization.

Acute care facilities attaining the top 1 percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care, and in 10 out of 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level for quality and efficiency. Additionally, hospitals had measures for quality and efficiency that were equal to or exceeded expected outcomes.

Tachovsky added, “This recognition is particularly meaningful at this time as we move into our new patient Pavilion. While the new facility is outstanding, it is the people at Paoli who make the patient experience truly superior. Our physicians, nurses and all of our caregivers and other staff work diligently every day to provide the best healthcare in our region.”

Additional information about the AFQ and related methodology can be found at:

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 58,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.

About Paoli Hospital
Paoli Hospital is a non-profit acute care hospital with a 157-bed licensed capacity and a member of Main Line Health. In July 2009, the hospital will open a new patient Pavilion featuring evidence-based design concepts that have been shown to create a healing and safe environment that positively impacts the patient experience. The five-story building includes a new Emergency Department on the ground level, 124 private patient rooms, and surgical suites with a 24-bed Ambulatory Surgical Unit and 12 state-of-the-art Operating Rooms. Paoli is the first hospital in the state to open as a Pebble Project, a joint research effort with The Center for Health Design in which Evidence-Based Design (EBD) “best practices” in healthcare facility design are discovered and shared.

In addition to its recognition by the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Paoli also has been recognized by the state as a “Best Place to Work,” and as a Thomson 100 Top Hospital two years in a row. Paoli Hospital offers a wide range of services including cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, interventional radiology, a Family Centered Maternity Unit with neonatal intensive care, and a Total Joint Replacement Program. Specialty services include a Breast Health Center, a Cancer Center which is a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, a Wound Healing Center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Sleep Medicine and Neurodiagnostic Center, a permanent lithotripsy unit, and a Perinatal Testing Center. The hospital’s outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville offer patients access to Paoli’s physicians and services close to home.

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