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Mercy As One Of the Top Five Large Health Systems In the Nation

Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy St. Louis, MO – as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo Clinic. The 2018 Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems study recognizes five large, five medium and five small systems from 338 health systems and 2,422 hospitals across the U.S

The focus on health-care associated infections is a new metric in the study this year due to its impact on patient care – including reducing deaths – as well as lowering the cost of care. Mercy’s efforts tied to C-diff reduction have led to significantly higher prevention and earlier detection, and have resulted in avoiding more than $5 million in health care costs from 2016 to the present.

 

Watson Health, an IBM company and formerly known as Truven Health, produces the only study of its kind to combine rigorous analysis of individual hospital performance metrics into system-level data, identifying the best health systems in the nation. This annual, quantitative scorecard uses objective, independent research and public data sources. Health systems do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market their award.

Mercy outperformed peers in the following ways:

  • Saved more lives
  • Lower cost of care
  • Readmitted patients less frequently
  • Shorter wait times in emergency departments
  • Shorter hospital stays

Some of the keys to improving care include:

  • Mercy was among the first health care organizations in the U.S. to have an integrated electronic health record connecting all points of care. Clinical best practices can be hard-wired into the system, resulting in triggers that warn of possible complications.
  • With more than 2,000 integrated physicians – one of the largest medical groups in the nation – Mercy brings primary care and specialty doctors together to implement proven, clinical-based best practices to improve patient care.

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Two New Jersey Health Providers, Virtua and the Deboarah Heart and Lung Center Recognized by New Jersey Hospital Assoc. for Reduced Hospital-Onset CDI

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Two Burlington County NEW JERSEY health providers, Virtua and the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, were recently recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association for excellence in quality and community outreach.

Virtua earned the association’s Excellence in Quality Improvement Award for its efforts to reduce the occurrence of hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection, or C.diff, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis, and education programs to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in home care.

Deborah was honored alongside Cooper University Health Care in Camden with the Community Outreach Award for its HeroCare program, delivering specialty medical care to active and retired military members.

The awards were presented during the association’s 99th annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton on Friday.

To reduce hospital-onset C.diff, infection preventionists and Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly, Virtua Marlton in Evesham and Virtua Voorhees in Camden County put limitations on prescribing the antibiotic fluoroquinolone, which has been known to increase the risk of C. diff, and distributed education materials on the infection to staff.

At Virtua Marlton, which previously had the highest rate of C. diff, the health system instituted mattress covers in targeted units.

As a result of these initiatives over 18 months, hospital-onset C. diff infections were reduced by 32 percent across the system, and by 55 percent at Virtua Marlton.

“Hospital onset C. diff is an issue in hospitals across the country which results in potential harm to patients, increases length of stay, and increased health care costs. At Virtua, we decided to tackle this problem proactively and head on,” said Dr. John Matsinger,

Virtua’s executive vice president and chief clinical officer. “Virtua is honored to be acknowledged for the work by our clinicians to increase the safety of our patients and community. Keeping our patients safe is Virtua’s No. 1 priority.”

Also, Virtua Home Care was recognized for creating educational programs for employees, patients and family caregivers to lower the rate of CAUTI. There are fewer guides to preventing and measuring CAUTI in a home care setting than in acute or residential care.

Virtua Home Care established specific CAUTI education and measurement for its home program, and saw incidents of infection decline by nearly 92 percent. Virtua reported no CAUTI for the first three quarters of 2017.

Deborah, in Pemberton Township, and Cooper University Health Care earned the Community Outreach Award for its joint HeroCare program, which provides specialty medical services to active military members, veterans, National Guardsmen, and the family of all military associated with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

“It’s very nice to be recognized by our colleagues and our peers for the work that we’re doing for the program,” Christine Carlson-Glazer, Deborah’s government and community relations liaison, said of the award.

Staff housed at Deborah schedule appointments within 48 hours of requests and offer additional veterans services like post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, mental health or substance abuse help.

In less than a year, over 1,500 appointments have been scheduled.

Deborah is 1.3 miles from the Fort Dix entrance of the joint base, and as a result the two have a close connection, according to Carlson-Glazer. Deborah celebrated its 95th anniversary last year as the former Fort Dix installation recognized its centennial.

“It’s an amazing way for us to give back,” Carlson said. “We’re so proud of that.”