We’re pleased and proud to announce that Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) has been recognized as a 2011 Top Performing Hospital in the Premier healthcare alliance national QUEST® collaborative. This is the second year in a row we’ve been honored with this designation.
In three years of participation, FMH has:
- Increased delivery of recommended evidence-based care to every patient, every time. For example, QUEST takes into account how often we provide flu vaccinations to pneumonia patients, or prescribe a high blood pressure or chest pain medication to heart attack patients before discharge.
- Saved lives by reducing avoidable hospital mortalities.
- Safely reduced the cost of care for each patient’s hospitalization.
“Being a QUEST member means redesigning the way we operate so that patients receive reliable, safe and efficient healthcare every time they come in,” said Dr. Manuel Casiano, FMH Vice President of Medical Affairs. “By collaborating to share our patient outcomes data and provider best practices with other members, we are leading the industry in driving the best results, which creates a competitive advantage.”
QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing collaborative solutions to improve healthcare nationwide and influence public policies. Together, the current 278 QUEST members share ideas, strategies and proven practices to reduce variation, an approach that has shown to improve care quality, safety and cost.
In just 30 months, QUEST members saved 25,235 lives and reduced healthcare spending by $2.85 billion through the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care to 63,094 patients. In addition:
- Members’ observed mortality is 5 percent lower than non-participants when compared to what is expected.
- Costs for inpatient care have increased only 4 percent among QUEST hospitals, compared to a national cost increase of 21 percent.
Here at FMH, we’re proud of our efforts to deliver top-notch care while keeping costs under control. It’s all part of our overall vision: Superb Quality. Superb Service. All the Time.