(December 6, 2010) - For the second year in a row, Memorial
University Medical Center (MUMC) in Savannah, Georgia, has been
recognized for quality performance in a nationwide hospital quality
The Premier, Inc. healthcare alliance QUEST: High-Performing
Hospitals initiative is a voluntary, three-year program that
includes 157 not-for-profit hospitals across 35 states.
Based on patient outcomes, MUMC received awards for top
performance in the following areas:
1. Save lives by eliminating avoidable hospital mortalities.
2. Safely reduce the cost of care by reducing the costs for each
3. Deliver the most reliable and effective care, ensuring that
patients receive every recommended evidence-based care measure.
"The QUEST project allows us to compare our mortality data,
costs, and patient outcomes to other hospitals. By constantly
measuring and critiquing our own performance, we make sure we are
providing the safest, most reliable, and cost effective care for
our patients and their families," said Ramon Meguiar, M.D., senior
vice president and chief medical officer at MUMC.
It is estimated that in two years, QUEST hospitals have saved
22,164 lives, reduced costs by $400 per patient, and provided
evidence-based care to an additional 43,741 patients. If all
hospitals nationwide were to achieve the improvements found among
QUEST participants, they could save an estimated 63,801 lives and
$22.6 billion in costs.
QUEST was developed in partnership with the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement to springboard hospitals to new levels of
performance. QUEST used data from Premier's clinical database to
determine the "baseline" level of performance in cost, mortality,
and evidence-based care at participating hospitals. The hospitals
were then challenged to overcome the main factors that lead to
deaths, errors, and excessive costs, and measure themselves against
one another to achieve top performance.
The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,400 U.S.
hospitals and 70,000-plus other healthcare sites working together
to improve healthcare quality and affordability.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
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