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Published on June 12, 2014

SSM Health Care of Wisconsin Hospitals Receive National Recognition for Quality Care

QUEST hospitals saved 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion over 5 ½ years

Madison, WI (June 12, 2014) – SSM Health Care hospitals in Wisconsin are once again among the best in the nation at providing consistent, outstanding patient care while maintaining a high standard of clinical excellence.

St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, and St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital all received their awards from Premier at the organization’s annual Breakthrough Conference and Exhibition, held yesterday in San Antonio.

"SSM works tirelessly to ensure we’re providing the highest quality health care to the communities we serve,” said Damond Boatwright, Regional President/CEO of Hospital Operations at SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. “This recognition is a testament to that commitment.”

Approximately 330 hospitals were eligible to receive awards. They’re part of Premier’s QUEST collaborative, a group of 350 hospitals working to make healthcare safer, more efficient and consistent.

St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo is one of 18 hospital winners of the Award for High Value Healthcare.  They achieved top performance in all six of the areas measured in Premier’s national QUEST collaborative.

  • 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;
  • Reducing preventable harm events; and
  • Obtaining a readmissions rate at least 11% less than expected.

Both St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and St. Mary’s Janesville hospital received a citation of merit award for high value healthcare.

St. Clare, St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s Janesville join nine other top performing SSM Health Care hospitals including:

QUEST- Award for High Value Healthcare (Winner):

  • St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, Wis.

QUEST- Award for High Value Healthcare (Finalist):

  • SSM St. Clare Health Center, Fenton, Mo.

QUEST – Award for High Value Healthcare (Citation of Merit):

  • DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo.
  • Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mount Vernon, Ill.
  • St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Centralia, Ill.
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wis.
  • St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, Janesville, Wis.
  • SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, Richmond Heights, Mo.

Partnership for Patients Award (Finalist):

  • SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
  • SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, Richmond Heights, Mo.

Partnership for Patients Award (Citation of Merit):

  • St. Joseph Health Center, St. Charles, Mo.
  • St. Mary’s Health Center, Jefferson City, Mo.

Supply Chain Excellence Award Winner:

  • St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, Wis.

Over the past five and a half years of the initiative, QUEST hospitals have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion in unnecessary costs.

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