DERBY, CT (June 9, 2010) - Griffin Hospital today announced it has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). Griffin Hospital is one of 23 hospital winners and three healthcare systems nationwide putting it in the top 1% of the nation's hospitals and the only Connecticut hospital to receive the award.
There were 3,788 hospitals and 346 healthcare systems that were eligible to receive the AFQ. The award recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence.
The AFQ's performance-based criteria including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators measures top performers at the overall hospital level.
"Griffin Hospital not only strives to exceed patient expectations by providing an exceptional patient experience, but also superior clinical outcomes and a strong emphasis on patient safety and privacy," said Patrick Charmel, Griffin Hospital President. "This is one of a number of quality, value and patient experience awards Griffin Hospital has received from the various national organizations that measure and monitor hospital performance. These awards recognize the exemplary care and service that our talented and dedicated staff delivers to each and every patient we serve," Charmel said.
"The AFQ honors the efforts of industry leaders to provide high quality care," said Susan DeVore, Premier President and CEO. "As we celebrate the achievements of these facilities, the alliance is helping to further improve the health of communities across the nation."
All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes: mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index. The efficiency index was generated using length of stay to proxy for resource utilization.
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