The Cincinnati Business Journal reports that faith-based provider Mercy Health has been ranked one of the top 15 health systems in the nation for the third time by Truven Health Analytics, an independent healthcare consulting service. The leading facilities were chosen after analyzing data from 340 health systems and 2,812 member hospitals for exhibiting superior performance in quality of care, cost, and operational efficiency. The top 15 had higher patient survival rates by 1.2 percent, lower cost per episode of care by 7 percent, fewer complications by 5 percent, and nearly 11 percent better patient safety performance and adherence to core measures of care.
Florida Hospital Tampa, part of the Adventist Health System, has partnered with Tampa Family Health Centers (TFHC) as an additional location for women under TFHC’s care to birth their babies, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. One of the largest hospitals in Tampa Bay, Florida Hospital established the partnership as part of its larger strategic plan to open a comprehensive women’s and children’s hospital in the area. Though obstetrics are not necessarily profitable for hospitals, the practice establishes ‘brand loyalty’ between women who have received quality care during their birthing experience and the hospital that provided it, making it likely that the women will return for later care.
Novant Health, based in Charlotte, N.C., has announced it will become the first health system in the Carolinas with a St. Jude affiliate hospital, WSOC reports. Hemby Children’s Hospital, part of Novant Health’s network, will collaborate with Hemby Children’s Hospital to provide treatment. Patients at Hemby Children’s Hospital have already begun receiving St. Jude treatment, as the affiliation was effective April 19, 2015. The hospital serves 1500 children with pediatric cancer. Only five other states across the country have St. Jude affiliates.
Transplant Patients from Porter Adventist Hospital are Included in Longest Multi-Center “Kidney Chain” Ever
Two kidney transplant patients at Porter Adventist Hospital are a part of a 35-match, 26-hospital “kidney chain” — the longest ever, according to a news release distributed by the organization. A “kidney chain” is a method by which donors who are incompatible with their friend or family member in need of a kidney are instead matched with other potential recipients around the country through the National Kidney Registry. Another individual can then donate to original donor’s loved one, completing the chain. One donor in this chain had her kidney removed by a Porter surgeon and flown to California as part of the chain, and the donor’s friend, also a Denver-area resident, received a kidney from Virginia. Porter Adventist Hospital’s transplant program is one of the top kidney, liver and pancreas transplant centers in the country.
Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio is slated to build a new $49 million cancer center that will focus on comprehensive care, such as specialized treatment, reports WDTN. The center will have several unique amenities and services, including a cafe that specializes in nutrition for cancer patients, a boutique, and a spa. To establish the best center possible, the leadership team formed and consulted a patient advisory council, according to CEO of Kettering Health Network Fred Manchur. “The cancer center is designed for patients, by our patients,” he said. The facility is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016.