News

June 18, 2014

MRMC recognized by Premier for safe, efficient and effective care

COLUMBIA, TN – Premier, Inc. has recognized Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) as a QUEST® Award for High-value Health Care finalist for delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care.

Only 37 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in any five of the six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, including harm, mortality, readmissions, costs, patient experience and evidence-based care.

MRMC was honored during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.

“Participation in this collaborative reinforces our commitment to consistently deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve,” said MRMC CEO Alan Watson. “We are proud to be recognized by Premier as we continue down our path of constantly evaluating and improving patient outcomes.”

Specifically, MRMC is being recognized for:  

  • Obtaining a mortality rate at least 15 percent less than expected;
  • Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge;
  • Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time;
  • Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time; and
  • Reducing preventable harm events.

QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make health care safer, more efficient and consistently effective. Approximately 330 QUEST hospitals were eligible for the QUEST Award for High-value Health Care.

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “QUEST hospitals have a really fresh perspective on the state of health care today, which they’re using to rethink the way care is provided and design innovative changes that impact our future. It’s no easy task for health systems to do this on their own, so they work together to capitalize on the power of information. Our vision is to outperform this industry together, on our own terms, which is exactly what Maury Regional is doing. Premier congratulates them for the fantastic achievements they’ve made.”

The nation’s leading hospitals created QUEST to set new standards in health care that ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In five and a half years, they have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion.

Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.