Kettering and Sycamore Medical Centers have been named two of the 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, which provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The designation marks the 12th time Kettering has been chosen for the honor, and the 7th time for Sycamore. Kettering, a client of FaithSearch, becomes one of only six hospitals in the country to be recognized on the distinguished list 12 times. The 100 Top Hospitals study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that “provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability,” according to Kettering’s site.
As part of an initiative to minimize errors resulting in patient care complications, FaithSearch client IU Health LaPorte Hospital has implemented Rapid Improvement Events, which carve out periods of time for hyper-focused team problem solving, incorporating employee teams and physicians who spend a week focusing on one specific opportunity for improvement. Solutions are then tested and implemented within 30 days, according to the NWI Times. As a result to their commitment to reporting and solving problems, the hospital has seen a rise in patient satisfaction and a decrease in cost both to the patient and health system. It also doubled net revenue and increased quality of care.
Loma Linda University Health and Bear Valley Community Healthcare District have joined in an affiliation agreement enabling Loma Linda to provide resources to develop specialty care service lines at Bear Valley Community Hospital (BVCH) and Bear Valley Hospital Rural Health Clinic. This will also enact a streamlined system for referrals for patients who require specialty care not available at BVCH, including endocrinology and cardiology. Plans are in the works to also use telemedicine to conduct specialty consultations with patients at BVCH, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Kerry Heinrich, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, a FaithSearch client, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership. “We are thrilled at this new opportunity to expand our services to this community and work in collaboration with Bear Valley Community Healthcare District,” he said.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Southeast Wisconsin operations and related corporate services are now a part of Ascension Wisconsin, as of an agreement that took effect March 1, 2016. The two organizations share the commitment to deliver high-quality patient care, particularly for poor and vulnerable patients, according to the news release. Wheaton’s Southeast Wisconsin region includes eight hospital campuses, 220 medical group physicians, outpatient centers, transitional and long-term facilities, home health and hospice and nearly 11,000 associates, as well as related corporate services.