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Medical Center receives award for quality leadership performance

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center won the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for superior performance as measured by Vizient's Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005.

This year, more than 100 academic medical centers and 124 community hospitals were included in the study, which reviewed performance data from a variety of sources, including Vizient's Clinical Data Base, Vizient's Core Measures Data Base, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network.

Vizient's Quality and Accountability Study helps academic medical centers and community hospitals identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The Institute of Medicine's six domains of care—safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness—were used as a guide in structuring the study criteria.

Vizient, Inc. is a health care improvement company.

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