RANSON, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Highmark QualityBLUE for its commitment to improving patient care.
As a participant in the QualityBLUE Hospital Pay for Performance program, Jefferson Memorial Hospital attained the Maximum Achievement level by earning a total score of 100% for fiscal year 2011.
Hospital leadership and staff were commended for efforts in the following areas: improving the discharge process and patient teaching to prevent avoidable readmissions, preventing blood clots in hospitalized patient, preventing urinary infections in patients with catheters, and ensuring patients receive American Heart Association standards in care for heart failure.
“On behalf of the entire Highmark QualityBLUE team, we want to acknowledge the commitment of all staff members for supporting these initiatives on a daily basis. We applaud your hospital team efforts and continued commitment to improving patient care,” stated Mary Blank, manager, care model innovations and design for Highmark.
Highmark’s hospital pay-for-performance program emphasizes safety and reducing health care costs. The focus on collaboration between hospitals and Highmark ultimately creates a safer clinical environment.
“We are proud of this accomplishment and we are committed to continuous quality improvement at JMH,” stated Konrad C. Nau, vice president of medical affairs at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. “We want to prove every day that hospital size has little to do with quality – it is the care our patients receive, and our patient-centered teamwork that must earn the reputation for quality that WVUH-East’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital is creating,” he added.