VHA Mid-Atlantic has recognized Good Samaritan Health System for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. The VHA Mid-Atlantic Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX) award recognizes extraordinary achievement of clinical quality and patient safety among health care organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Good Samaritan is one of 20 organizations in the region to receive this recognition in 2012.
“We are very proud of our staff who have worked so hard to help us achieve this recognition,” said Jackie Gould, Good Samaritan Health System vice president for nursing services. “It is a daily priority to make sure our patents are in the safest possible environment.”
VHA Mid-Atlantic is one of 13 regions in VHA Inc., a national network of not-for-profit health systems. The regional offices provide local market expertise and guide members with solutions that improve their clinical, operational and financial performance.
In VHA Mid-Atlantic, 57 acute care facilities are eligible to participate in the APEX award program. Each year, the performance improvement specialists from the region’s hospitals and healthcare systems come together to develop criteria for the awards. In 2012, prevention of nine hospital acquired conditions were selected for inclusion. Three levels of performance were established based on the number of performance measures where an organization achieves superior performance with Level 3 being the highest level of recognition. Good Samaritan also received a Level 2 award for Prevention of Falls and for Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.
“The APEX award provides well-deserved and appropriate recognition to our VHA Mid-Atlantic members for their superior clinical performance,” said Ken Braithwaite, senior vice president/executive officer, VHA Mid-Atlantic region. “Good Samaritan’s achievements exemplify the dedication of their organization to provide exemplary clinical care and a culture of continuous quality improvement. We congratulate their outstanding achievement and celebrate their success.” -###
About Good Samaritan Health System
For 124 years, the Good Samaritan Health System (www.gshleb.org) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The Good Samaritan Health System also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help organizations achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value totaling $1.9 billion to participants. The VHA enterprise includes 13 regional offices, supply contracting company Novation LLC as well as Provista LLC, a supply chain improvement company operating in multiple markets. Together, the VHA network represents more than 1,350 health care systems and approximately 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).