Crozer-Keystone Health System Hospitals Receive Leadership Awards from VHA Mid-Atlantic for Achieving Performance Excellence
Springfield, Pennsylvania – VHA Mid-Atlantic recently recognized Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Taylor Hospital, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Springfield Hospital for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. The VHA Mid-Atlantic Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX) award recognizes extraordinary achievement of clinical quality and patient safety among health care organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Crozer-Keystone Health System is one of 20 organizations in the region to receive this recognition in 2012.
VHA Mid-Atlantic is one of 13 regions in VHA Inc., a national network of not-for-profit health systems. The regional offices provide local market expertise and guide members with solutions that improve their clinical, operational and financial performance.
In VHA Mid-Atlantic, 57 acute care facilities are eligible to participate in the APEX award program. Each year, the performance improvement specialists from the region’s hospitals and health care systems come together to develop criteria for the awards. For 2012, awards were based on prevention of nine hospital acquired conditions. Organizations achieving superior performance for one or more of the measures earned award level placement, with Level 3 being the highest level of recognition.
For 2012, Crozer-Keystone hospitals received the following awards:
Chester Crozer Medical Center – Level 2
- Prevention of pressure ulcers for a six-month period
- Decreasing the rate of all cause readmissions (decreased by 5 percent)
Taylor Hospital - Crozer Health System – Level 2
- Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) for 12 months
- Prevention of pressure ulcers for a 12-month period
Delaware County – Crozer Health System – Level 3
- Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia for 12 months
- Eliminating pressure ulcers for 12 months
- Decreasing the rate of all cause readmissions to inpatient status (decreased by 11 percent)
Springfield Hospital – Crozer Health System – Level 3
- Eliminating Central-line Catheter-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) for a 12-month period
- Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) for a 12-month period
- Eliminating pressure ulcers for a 12-month period
“We are greatly appreciative that our efforts to continue improving patient care are being recognized. Our employees demonstrate a commitment to patient safety by following accepted guidelines for care. Thank you to everyone within Crozer-Keystone Health System whose hard work went into helping us earn these awards,” says Eric Dobkin, M.D., chief quality officer and vice president of Quality and Patient Safety for Crozer-Keystone.
“The APEX award provides well-deserved and appropriate recognition to our VHA Mid-Atlantic members for their superior clinical performance,” said Ken Braithwaite, senior vice president/executive officer, VHA Mid-Atlantic region. “Their achievements exemplify the dedication of their organization to provide exemplary clinical care and a culture of continuous quality improvement. We congratulate their outstanding achievement and celebrate their success.”