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St. James Named Top Performing Hospital

November 05, 2009
St. James Healthcare has been named a top performer in a national health care value-based project (Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration – HQID) that rewards hospitals for delivering high-quality care in clinical areas. St. James received awards for its performance in the clinical areas of pneumonia and hip and knee replacement surgery. St. James Healthcare has been part of a multi-year project lead by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that compares actual patient clinical outcomes at 250 hospitals across the country with evidence-based patient care models. “Providing outstanding patient care is, and always has been, our primary goal,” said Chuck Wright, St. James Healthcare CEO. “Our successes in this project are a testament to our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of care we offer our patients. It also is a testament to our outstanding doctors and nurses who are always willing to “go the extra mile” to ensure top-notch quality care for our patients.” Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier, the company measuring and tracking the results of the project for CMS, said, “The successes of the hospitals in this quality project have led to its consideration as the basis for key national health reforms. As the proposal of a national value-based purchasing program becomes a reality, hospitals participating in this particular project will be ahead of many with six years experience operating in such a model.” For the 250 hospitals participating nationally in the hospital quality project, the average Composite Quality Score (CQS), which is the aggregate of all quality measures within each clinical area, improved by 17.2 percent in the first four years of the project. Additional research by Premier showed that participating hospitals scored on average 6.9 percentage points higher than non-participants when evaluating 19 common Hospital Compare measures.