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FEATURE: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital receive Premier Inc. Award for reducing Hospital-acquired Conditions and Readmissions

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 21, 2017 - Both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital have been recognized by Premier Inc. for reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions, as part of their participation during the federal Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 initiative.

During the national HEN 2.0 initiative, Premier’s HEN worked with more than 450 hospitals to meet goals in 11 harm areas and make improvement in 30-day readmissions.

As a member of Premier’s HEN, St. Joseph’s/Candler’s two anchor hospitals are two of 22 hospitals to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients HEN 2.0 Award for being in the top 10 percent of HEN 2.0 hospitals for total score based on the 11 harm areas. They were recognized during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Washington D.C.

“Working on this initiative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to our community,” said Dr. Julia Mikell, Director of System Quality Performance for St. Joseph’s/Candler. “We’re proud to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients HEN 2.0 Award as we continue down our path of reducing HACs and readmissions.”

“St. Joseph’s/Candler is a prime example of performance improvement in healthcare,” said Roshni Ghosh MD, vice president of government services, chief medical information officer, Premier. “Through commitment, transparency, trust and engagement they are collaborating with peers to create a culture of safe, reliable and coordinated care. We are constantly amazed by these accomplishments. Premier congratulates everyone at St. Joseph’s/Candler for their hard work and tremendous achievements.”

In the fall of 2016, Premier was named as one of 16 Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) to continue the work of the national Partnership for Patients initiative and the success of its HEN. The Premier HIIN has a large national footprint and is currently working collaboratively with more than 465 hospitals and health systems across 40 states in an iterative journey to improve the delivery of safe, reliable care for every patient, every time. Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations.

St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed, Magnet-designated health system for nursing excellence, with a focus on the latest technologies and research. It is anchored by the 330-bed St. Joseph’s Hospital and the 384-bed Candler Hospital. Its comprehensive network includes centers of excellence for oncology, cardiovascular, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, orthopedics and a variety of other disease specialties. SJ/C's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion has been selected to be part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCI Community Oncology Research Program. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital is a not-for-profit health system serving 33 counties in southeast Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country and is the largest and only faith-based institution in the region.

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