Mercy Health Hospital Recognized by Premier, Inc. for Reducing Hospital-acquired Conditions and Readmissions

(CINCINNATI; July 7, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Premier, Inc. has recognized Fairfield Hospital for reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions, as part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative.

Through the Partnership for Patients, Premier's hospital engagement network (HEN) is working with more than 400 hospitals to reduce preventable readmissions by 20 percent and preventable HACs by 40 percent from January 2012-December 2014.

As a member of Premier's HEN, Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital is one of the 35 hospitals that Premier honored with a Citation of Merit for the Premier Partnership for Patients Award for early success in reaching its reduction goals. Premier recognized Fairfield Hospital during Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

"Participation in this initiative is just one example of our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to our patients," said Thomas Urban, Mercy Health North Market President and CEO. "We're proud to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients Award as work continually to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions."

"Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital is a prime example of performance improvement in healthcare," said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners. "Through commitment, transparency, trust and engagement, physicians, nurses and staff are collaborating with peers to create a culture of safe, reliable and coordinated care. These accomplishments amaze us. Premier congratulates everyone at Fairfield Hospital for their hard work and tremendous achievements."

Premier is the second largest HEN in the Partnership for Patients initiative working at the regional, state, national and hospital system level to identify solutions to reduce HACs and readmissions and spread best practices and resources to other healthcare providers. Participants collaborate to do the following:
• Transparently share progress on a set of uniform measures on a regular basis
• Share best practices and successful innovations with all members of the HEN
• Commit to participate in educational initiatives and site visits