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Geisinger among 15 top health systems in U.S.

CONTACT: Amanda O’Rourke 570-214-9091
Jan. 17, 2012

DANVILLE, Pa. – A new study ranks Geisinger Health System as one of the top 15 health systems in the United States.

The fourth annual Thomson Reuters 15 Top Health Systems study reported Monday that Geisinger was among the 15 hospital systems singled out for achievement in clinical outcomes based on balanced system-wide clinical performance according to data collected from more than 300 organizations. That performance measures included care quality, patient perception of care and efficiency.

Geisinger was one of just two Pennsylvania healthcare systems making the list. The other was Main Line Health in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

“Recognition by Thomson Reuters validates Geisinger’s innovative model for healthcare delivery,” said Glenn Steele Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Geisinger Health System president and chief executive officer. “It has always been our mission to keep our patients healthier, safer and more engaged. The commitment to excellence by our physicians, residents, fellows, nurses, support staff and the entire Geisinger family makes this distinguished recognition possible.”

The key findings in the study of these 15 top systems were lower 30-day mortality rates, better survival rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and better patient safety and adherence to core measures of care than their peers. Other key findings included 19 percent fewer complications and a median average length of stay nearly one-half shorter than their peers. Top systems also had 23 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, according to the Thomson Reuters study.

“This year we are seeing stronger system-wide performance and increased rates of improvement, particularly along the 15 top Health Systems award winners. Health system performance is beginning to reflect aspirations to provide more consistent outcomes across communities served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for improvement performance and 100 Top Hospitals at Thomson Reuters. “Healthcare reform appears to have stimulated the increase of improvement at the system level.”

The study found that the top 15 health systems held post-discharge 30-day mortality rates steady, while peer health systems saw a significant increase in post-discharge mortality. Winning systems, too, had 17 percent fewer deaths than expected considering patient severity, while non-winning hospitals had 4 percent more deaths than expected.

The study divided the top health systems into three comparison groups based on total operating expense of the member hospitals.

The study relied on public data from the 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data.

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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