East Liverpool hospital receives two awards

From staff reports

EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool City Hospital has received two national awards.

The hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health, and is one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to be selected for the Everest Award, one of the health care’s most distinguished honors.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, IBM Watson Health spotlights the top performing hospitals in the United States based on a scorecard of clinical, operational and patient satisfaction rankings and data.

The Everest Award, meanwhile, means the hospital has set the national benchmark for balanced excellence in a single year and has demonstrated the greatest improvement during five consecutive years.

East Liverpool City Hospital, a 152-bed community hospital, is the only hospital in the Tri-State Area to receive this national recognition.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for health care in the U.S. and improve the health care experiences of the people in their communities.”

“East Liverpool City Hospital’s greatest assets are our physicians, staff and volunteers,” said Keith Richardson, hospital CEO. “This award reflects our commitment to caring for our patients and their families, and for keeping them safe.”

Since acquiring the hospital in 2016, Prime has invested more than $4.8 million in improvements and equipment upgrades, including new cardiac monitors and imaging equipment. East Liverpool has been recognized for its quality patient care, most recently receiving Healthgrades recognition for patient safety and 5-star recognition for the treatment of heart failure, sepsis, respiratory failure and pneumonia.

In addition, the American College of Cardiology has recognized the hospital for its expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. The facility received chest pain center accreditation in October.

“Congratulations to all East Liverpool physicians, nurses and employees for achieving this national recognition for consistently providing quality patient care year over year,” said Dr. Prem Reddy, chairman, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare. “Prime Healthcare hospitals are dedicated to clinical excellence and operational efficiency, and this award is a testament to the hard work at East Liverpool City Hospital to achieve the best possible results for patients and families in the Tri-State Area.”

“This honor is a very special recognition for every staff member and physician at East Liverpool City Hospital who are grateful to serve the community with high quality, compassionate care,” said Luis Leon, president of Prime Healthcare, Division II. “From the frontline caregivers to leadership, I am proud of the dedication and hard work that resulted in this prestigious award. It’s an honor to serve with the East Liverpool hospital family in their culture of excellence.”

The Watson study analyzes hospital and health system performance in 11 areas, including inpatient mortality, the 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, the 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score, the patient rating of overall hospital performance. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

≤ More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved.

≤ More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free.

≤ More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.

≤ Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be re-admitted within 30 days.