MUMC Recognized for Improving Quality While Reducing Costs

(January 11, 2012) - For the third year in a row, Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in Savannah, Georgia, has been recognized for quality performance in a nationwide hospital quality improvement project.

The Premier, Inc. healthcare alliance QUEST: High-Performing Hospitals initiative is a voluntary, three-year program that includes 278 members across 38 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 patient's hospitalization.
3. Deliver the most reliable and effective care, ensuring that patients receive every recommended evidence-based care measure.

"As a member of the QUEST initiative, we've redesigned our processes to ensure that every patient receives safe, efficient, evidence-based medicine every day. Our patients deserve and receive a higher standard of healthcare," said Ramon Meguiar, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at MUMC.

QUEST supports hospitals in delivering the best care possible, as well as sharing solutions to improve healthcare nationwide and influence public policies. 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.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 80,000+ 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, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.