This year, the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare added a new peer group improvement award, designed to recognize QUEST2020 top performing hospitals' success within relevant peer groups. The award recognizes hospitals that reached the top performance across six peer group categories that address hospital size and academic status. The six peer group categories were academic hospitals, critical access hospitals, teaching hospitals = 375 beds, teaching hospitals < 375 beds, non-teaching hospitals =175 beds and non-teaching hospitals < 175 beds. Geisinger Lewistown was chosen as the winner of the Council of Teaching Hospitals <375 beds.
To earn this award, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital met or exceeded thresholds in four priority areas including prevention and treatment for leading causes of mortality: effective care and coordination, affordability and patient safety. All improvements and deterioration across the four priorities by members within each peer group were summed up for a total performance score. The top performer in each peer group was named the winner.
"Geisinger Lewistown Hospital’s achievement in QUEST is a testimonial of our commitment to caring for patients in the communities we serve,” said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region. “We’re proud to be one of only six hospitals nationwide to receive the QUEST Award, as we continue down our path of improving patient care and community health.”
QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time. Approximately 350 hospitals volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation. QUEST participants prevented more than 198,000 deaths and reduced health care spending by more than $17 billion.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.