Paoli Hospital Recognized by Premier, Inc. for Safe, Efficient and Effective Care

Premier, Inc. has recognized Paoli Hospital, part
of Main Line Health, with the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare for
delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care. Lankenau
Medical Center
, also part of Main Health, was named one of the award

Only 18 hospitals received the award for achieving top performance in
all six of the areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative,
including harm, mortality, readmissions, costs, patient experience and
evidence-based care, and Paoli Hospital was the
only hospital in the Philadelphia region to receive this award. Paoli
was honored during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs
Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.

“Participation in this collaborative reinforces our commitment to
deliver safe and superior care to the communities we serve,” said Jim
, president, Paoli Hospital. “We’re
proud to receive the QUEST Award as we continue down our path of
improving patient outcomes.”

Specifically, Paoli Hospital is being recognized
•    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

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

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “QUEST hospitals have a
really fresh perspective on the state of healthcare 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 Paoli Hospital is
doing. Premier congratulates them for the fantastic achievements they’ve

The nation’s leading hospitals created QUEST to set new standards in
healthcare 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