Heritage Valley Receives HAP Achievement Award for Workplace Innovation

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently honored Heritage Valley Health System with an Achievement Award for 2014. 

Heritage Valley’s “Pay for Value” program was chosen as a winner in the Workplace category, and was selected out of 100 total submissions. Winners were selected for their exceptional work and innovation in focus areas that affect patients, communities, and employees. These categories include: workplace, community benefit, patient safety, patient care, operational excellence, and innovation.

The Pay for Value program was introduced in 2013 as an employee incentive program aligning performance outcomes with Value Based Purchasing – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative that rewards acute-care hospitals with incentive payments for the quality of care provided to patients and how well hospitals enhance patients’ experiences of care during hospital stays.  The Pay for Value program provides employees with the opportunity to earn 2% of productive earnings, paid on a quarterly basis if certain target thresholds are met.  The thresholds vary to some degree by position and work location within the Health System, but primarily focus on patient experience outcomes.

“Heritage Valley Health System is honored to have earned a HAP Achievement Award for our Pay for Value program,” said Norm Mitry, President and CEO of Heritage Valley Health System.  “In this ‘ever-changing and ever-challenging’ competitive market, it is essential that we focus on providing the highest level of care and service to the people in the communities that we serve. The Pay for Value program represents an important step toward aligning employee pay with how the Health System will continue to be reimbursed.   After implementing the program for a full year, we have experienced positive movement in our customer experience scores.”

There were a total of 15 HAP Achievement Award winners for 2014. Entries were evaluated by a 15-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, and for-profit and nonprofit entities.

“HAP’s Achievement Awards recognize the pioneering spirit and drive to innovation that will help us achieve our vision of a healthy Pennsylvania,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “Building the health care system of the future is exceptionally tough work, but by spreading the word about best practices, we can accelerate change. I’m grateful to Heritage Valley Health System and all the competitors for their leadership and collaborative spirit.”

Details about the award winning entries are available online at www.haponline.org/PA-Hospitals/Achievement-Awards


About Heritage Valley Health System

Heritage Valley Health System is a $450 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,800 employees and more than 450 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 64 physician offices; and 14 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.


About HAP

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at www.haponline.org.