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.
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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