Newark, NJ - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, was selected for the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals¢ç: Performance Improvement Leaders Award by the Evanston, Illinois-based company ? the leading national source of health care information products.
"Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is proud to offer comprehensive care that ranks among the finest in the nation," said Paul Mertz, Executive Director of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. "Our entire team, those at the bedside as well as those behind the scenes, is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care, patient safety and hospital efficacy. We continue to raise the bar everyday."
The Solucient 100 Top Hospitals¢ç: Performance Improvement Leaders Award is unique and represents a very significant achievement by a hospital, according to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, Performance Improvement & 100 Top Programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement at Solucient.
"Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and its team were recognized for being one of 100 hospitals nationwide making the greatest progress in improving hospital wide performance over five years," Ms. Chenoweth says. "Newark Beth Israel is among those organizations that have set national benchmarks for consistent improvement in clinical outcomes, patient safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability and growth. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is the only hospital in Essex County to earn this award and to have instilled a true culture of performance improvement." Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, both affiliates of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, were also named 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders.
"Five years of steady, well-aligned improvement means that the 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement (PI) Leaders have enormously increased the value they provide to their communities," said Jean Chenoweth. The study found that PI Leaders made significant gains in a host of areas between 1999 and 2004, including increased patient safety and outcomes, shorter lengths of stay and increased patient volume.
Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders Study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 1999 through 2004, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data. The study looked at all U.S. hospitals licensed to treat Medicare patients. Nine performance measures were examined at each hospital: risk-adjusted mortality and complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, growth in patient volume, tangible assets and risk-adjusted patient safety index. The study used publicly available Medicare cost reports, MedPAR data and CMS outpatient data from 1999 - 2004.
For more information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research, please visit www.100tophospitals.com.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, has been a resource in the region for more than 100 years. As a teaching hospital, it provides the most advanced treatment and services, community-based programs and graduate physician education. Its Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the state, serving more than 82,000 patients every year. The Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center offers the finest adult and pediatric cardiology services, performing more beating heart surgeries than any other program in New Jersey, and a renowned heart transplant program that ranks 8th by volume in the nation. The hospital also offers the Flo Okin Oncology and Blood disorders Center; a combined kidney transplant program which ranks among the six most active in the nation; and a Center for Geriatric Health Care and a Regional Perinatal Center, offering the highest quality maternity care for both normal and high-risk pregnancies. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center offers the most comprehensive robotic surgery service in the region including cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, urology and gynecology.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is home to the Children's Hospital of New Jersey which provides state-of-the-art care in nearly 30 pediatric subspecialties. Treating children from newborn to adolescence, the Children's Hospital also initiates preventive programs that promote wellness in the community.
Date: May 2006
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