VHA Inc., a national health care network, has given Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) a 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, honoring the hospital for achieving national performance standards for clinical quality, safety and patient experience.
VHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.
JRMC was one of 40 VHA member hospitals this year to receive a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence. Winners were announced May 1 during VHA’s national meeting, the 2013 Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.
The VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence recognizes organizations that achieve top performance in care measures tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Winners are selected based on a composite score consisting of three elements: 1) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Total Performance Score, which includes Core Measures and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Services (HCAHPS) survey results; 2) 30-day readmission rates; and 3) Medicare cost data.
As part of this year’s awards program, VHA recognized 10 of the 40 organizations with HEN Improvement Leadership Awards in honor of their commitment to CMS’ Partnership for Patients initiative and their active involvement in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network. HEN participants commit to reduce select Hospital-Acquired Conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent over a three-year period. Winners in this category showed substantial improvement on their baseline performance measures in at least one of 10 patient safety areas of focus.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the JRMC Clinical Team. Their commitment to clinical excellence in patient care and outcomes allows our organization to live out its vision and values,” stated Trisha Jungels, chief nursing officer at JRMC. “Our vision is to be the best rural hospital in the country for patients to receive care, employees to work and providers to practice.”
“The leaders and staff in these organizations have shown their dedication to providing not only consistently high levels of clinical care but also continually improving that performance to produce better outcomes for their patients,” said Steve Miff, PhD, VHA’s senior vice president for Clinical and Care Delivery Solutions. “Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the health care industry has moved quickly to establish and meet performance quality metrics and align care protocol. We are especially proud of these VHA organizations for exceptional performance against national key indicators.”
By recognizing institutions for their commitment and achievements, VHA hopes that other health systems will apply these leading practices in their own organizations to further enhance the overall level of quality in our nation’s health care system.