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Aurora Health Care recognized as a top performer in Premier health care alliance's national QUEST collaborative

Friday, January 06, 2012

Milwaukee - Aurora Health Care has been recognized for achieving top performance standards in quality and cost-effective care in a voluntary, nationwide hospital performance improvement project.

Aurora had more top performing hospitals than any other system. This is the third consecutive year that Aurora has achieved this honor.

The following Aurora hospitals were top performers among the Premier health care alliance’s national QUEST collaborative:

  • Aurora BayCare Medical Center
  • Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
  • Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha
  • Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County
  • Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh
  • Aurora Medical Center in Washington County
  • Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington
  • Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore
  • Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
  • Aurora West Allis Medical Center

Based on three years of the QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, Aurora will receive an award reflecting its success in:

  • Increasing delivery of recommended evidence-based care to every patient, every time.
  • Saving lives by reducing avoidable hospital mortalities.
  • Safely reducing the cost of care for each patient's hospitalization.

In addition, four facilities – Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore – were named Top Performers each of the last three years.

QUEST is a voluntary program that supports individual hospitals in delivering the best care possible. It facilitates sharing of collaborative solutions to improve health care nationwide and aims to influence public policies. Together, the current 278 QUEST members share ideas, strategies and proven practices to reduce variation, an approach that has been shown to improve care quality, safety and cost.

In just 30 months, QUEST members saved 25,235 lives and reduced health care spending by $2.85 billion through the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care to 63,094 patients.

In addition:

  • Members’ observed mortality is 5 percent lower than non-participants when compared to what is expected.
  • Member costs for inpatient care have increased only 4 percent, compared to a national cost increase of 21 percent.
  • Members began increasing adherence to evidence-based care delivery in patient experience, harm and readmissions last year to support new improvement goals such as those proposed by the Partnership for Patients program.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin based health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care. Aurora provides care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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Contact: Adam Beeson
Phone: 1-414-299-1690

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