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Aurora Medical Centers Awarded for Safe, Efficient and Effective Care

Monday, July 28, 2014

Aurora Health Care also honored for supply chain innovation

Milwaukee – Premier, Inc., a healthcare improvement company, has recognized eight Aurora medical centers in Wisconsin with awards for providing high-quality and cost-efficient health care services. Premier also recognized an Aurora Health Care hospital for introducing the high-impact supply chain improvement ideas.

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and Aurora Medical Center in Summit received top performance in five of the six QUEST dimensions, each thereby earning a QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare “Finalist” status. The QUEST dimensions include: cost of care; harm; evidence-based care; mortality; patient experience; and readmissions.

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County and Aurora Medical Center in Washington County received top performance in four of the six QUEST dimensions, each thereby earning a QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare “Citation of Merit” status.

Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington received the Premier “Partnership for Patients” Award, which recognizes excellence of achievement by Premier members in hospital acquired conditions and readmissions, as part of the Partnership for Patients program.

Aurora Sinai Medical Center has been honored with the Premier “Supply Chain Excellence” Award, which recognizes member organizations that worked with Premier to introduce the most high-impact supply chain improvement ideas over the past year.

QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make healthcare safer, more efficient and consistently effective. Approximately 330 QUEST hospitals were eligible for the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare.

Susan DeVore, Premier President and CEO said, “QUEST hospitals have a really fresh perspective on the state of healthcare today, which they’re using to rethink the way care is provided and to design innovative changes that impact our future. It’s no easy task for health systems to do this on their own, so they work together to capitalize on the power of information. Our vision is to outperform in this industry together, on our own terms, which is exactly what Aurora is doing with its hospitals in Wisconsin. Premier congratulates them for the fantastic achievements they’ve made.”

The nation’s leading hospitals created QUEST to set new standards in healthcare that ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In five and a half years, they have saved more than 136,000 lives and $11.6 billion.

Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare.

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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Kristin Rabas
(414) 299-1696

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