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St Lukes Miners Honored by Premier

St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus Honored by Premier

Coaldale, PA (11/14/2012)St. Luke's Miners Hospital is a winner of the Premier Healthcare Alliance's sixth annual Supply Chain Award. Premier, a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 hospitals and 84,000 other care sites across the nation, honors select member hospitals each year for achieving superior supply expense performance. St. Luke's Miners Hospital is one of only 29 Premier members to receive the award this year.

“Winning this award supports what we already know at St. Luke's,” said Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus. “And that is that we provide clinical excellence in a very efficient manner. In addition to the Premier Award, the hospital was recently named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.”

Focus on Quality Improvement and Cost Containment

Supply expense performance is measured by Premier's SupplyFocus®, the industry's largest comparative database of operational and supply chain cost information for acute care hospitals. Winners were identified using four industry standard supply expense ratios and a case-mix-index-based peer grouping methodology to ensure that organizations of diverse sizes and complexity were considered equally.

“Successful systems and hospitals recognize that in order to address the challenges of the future, they most focus equally on quality improvement and cost containment,” said Andy Brailo, Senior Vice President at Premier. “The St. Luke's Miners Campus continues to demonstrate the ability to do both. Winning the Premier Supply Chain Excellence award is a testament to their unwavering focus, team work and commitment to the patients they serve.”

Supply expense ratios are supply expense as a percent of total operating expense, supply expense as a percent of net patient revenue, supply expense per adjusted patient day and supply expense per adjusted discharge.

To be eligible, each organization had to submit four quarters of calendar 2011 data to SupplyFocus. With 40 indicators measuring and trending performance in cost and operations, SupplyFocus enables hospitals to compare supply expense performance to that of similar facilities and easily identify improvement opportunities.

About the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other health care sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.

About St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus

St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, 44-bed acute care hospital located in Coaldale. Accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), St. Luke's Miners Hospital provides a wide variety of health care services. The hospital is affiliated with the nationally recognized St. Luke's University Health Network and currently provides health care services to more than 11,000 people annually. Additional on-site services include a home health agency and a 48-bed skilled nursing facility.


Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4104
Denise.Rader@sluhn.org
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