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GMC, GWV among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals

CONTACT:  Marcy Marshall: 570-271-8081
Dec. 27, 2011

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) are among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance’s national QUEST® collaborative.

Based on year three of the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, GMC and GWV were recognized for top performance in: increasing delivery of recommended evidence-based care for every patient, every time, for example, providing flu vaccinations to all pneumonia patients or prescribing a high blood pressure or chest pain medication prior to discharge for all heart attack patients; saving lives by reducing avoidable hospital mortalities; and safely reducing the cost of care for each patient’s hospitalization.

“Being a QUEST member means redesigning the way we operate so that patients receive reliable, safe and efficient healthcare every time,” said John Bulger, DO, FACOI, FACP, Chief Quality Officer, Geisinger Health System. “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.”

GMC and GWV were among the 120 hospitals out of a possible 278 that qualified as 2011 Top Performing Hospitals.

QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing collaborative solutions to improve healthcare 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.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook.

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