January 13, 2012

Maury Regional among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals according to national health care alliance

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier health care alliance’s national QUEST® collaborative. MRMC is the only provider in Middle Tennessee to attain this award and has done so for two consecutive years.

Based on three years (January 2008-December 2010) of the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, MRMC will receive a monetary award of more than $20,000 for top performance in:

  • Increasing delivery of recommended evidence-based care to every patient, every time by 10.5 percent. For example, providing flu vaccinations to all pneumonia patients, or prescribing a high blood pressure or chest pain medication to all heart attack patients prior to discharge.
  • Safely reducing the cost of care for each patient's hospitalization by an average of $1,284 or 27 percent

“Being a QUEST member means redesigning the way we operate so that patients receive reliable, safe and efficient health care every time they come in,” said MRMC CEO Robert Otwell. “By collaborating to share our patient outcomes data and provider best practices with other members, we are leading the industry in driving the best results, which creates a competitive advantage.”

QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing collaborative solutions to improve health care nationwide and influence public policies. Together, the current 278 QUEST members share ideas, strategies and proven practices to reduce variation, an approach that has been shown to improve care quality, safety and cost.

In just 30 months, QUEST members saved 25,235 lives and reduced health care spending by $2.85 billion through the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care to 63,094 patients. In addition:

  • Members’ observed mortality is 5 percent lower than non-participants when compared to what is expected.
  • Members began increasing adherence to evidence-based care delivery in patient experience, harm and readmissions last year to support new improvement goals such as those proposed by the Partnership for Patients program.

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “These hospitals challenged themselves to overcome process failures and excessive costs by measuring themselves against each other to drive success. The achievements made by QUEST members are remarkable as they continue to reveal what is possible in health care. Maury Regional is a true standard setter for top quality care in America, as they support the health of people in their community.”

An advisory panel of experts from the country’s top health organizations, such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, guide collaborative members to achieve success.