Moon Township, PA, (August 29, 2013)
- Heritage Valley Sewickley was recognized in the September issue of Consumer Reports
, which included a special section on hospital surgery ratings. This news complements Heritage Valley Sewickley’s recent recognition by Cleverly + Associates as a Community Value Five-Star Hospital® as well as the hospital’s renewed designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality®.
Consumer Reports examined how high-volume hospitals in each state compare in avoiding adverse events among Medicare patients during their hospital stays for surgery. To develop their ratings, Consumer Reports worked with MPA, a health care consulting firm with expertise in analyzing billing claims and clinical records data in order to help hospitals use the information to improve patient safety. The analysis looked at Medicare claims data from 2009-2011 for patients undergoing 27 categories of common scheduled surgeries. For each hospital, the results for all procedures were combined into an overall surgery rating. Heritage Valley Sewickley was one of only seven Pennsylvania hospitals that received the highest rating.
Cleverly + Associates was the first independent organization to release a nation-wide study on hospital community value. The Community Value Index® (CVI) was first published as part of the 2004 edition of the State of the Hospital Industry and has grown to be a leading metric in the industry. Hospitals that achieved CVI scores within the top quintile (20%) of all hospitals within their group, like Heritage Valley Sewickley, were designated as 2013 Community Value Five-Star Hospitals®
Aetna, a leading health insurer nationwide, recently recognized Heritage Valley Sewickley as an Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care facility for spine surgery and total joint replacement and an Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery facility for treating individuals living with morbid, or extreme, obesity. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.
Heritage Valley Sewickley also remains a Blue Distinction Center® for Bariatric Surgery, recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies for its expertise in delivering Bariatric Surgery.
“We are honored to have the Sewickley campus of Heritage Valley Health System recognized by these organizations,” said Norm Mitry, President and Chief Executive Officer for Heritage Valley Health System. “Our medical staff and patient care givers are committed to improving the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve and this recognition validates the safe, customer-focused quality care they provide each and every day.”