SOURCE: Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care

November 20, 2013 10:12 ET

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Honored With 2013 Doyle Award

Recognized for Decreased Hospital Readmissions

BARRINGTON, IL--(Marketwired - November 20, 2013) - Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital was recently recognized by MCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) with the 2013 Richard L. Doyle Award. The award recognized the hospital for a significant decrease in preventable hospital readmissions through individualized care planning in the emergency department (ED). Each year one provider and one payer are recognized with the Doyle award.

"We've always had a focus on improving our overall outcomes. With all the changes taking place in healthcare, we wanted to get ahead of the curve while staying true to our philosophy of patient-centered, wholistic care," said Leah Montoya, Director of Clinical Resource Management at Good Shepherd Hospital. "In this day and age, innovation is the name of the game. However, at the end of the day, it is about our patients and what's best for them. They are the true winners."

Good Shepherd Hospital partnered nurse care managers, physicians, social workers, and other community resources with members of the ED and inpatient teams. The hospital's inter-disciplinary efforts -- centered on a patient-first philosophy and evidence-based data -- reduced its acute care readmission rate from 12.4 percent in Quarter 1 of 2011 to 7.5 percent in Quarter 1 of 2013, a 40 percent decline over two years.

"I am proud of our entire team who worked so diligently to coordinate care at this level so once a patient is sent home they can stay at home and heal where they are most comfortable," said Thomas Leskovac, MD, Medical Director for Care Management at Good Shepherd Hospital. 

Over two years, the hospital saved an estimated $2.3 million by reducing 30-day readmissions and another $2.6 million from reducing over-utilization of the ED. 

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. For the second consecutive year, Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicago-land and Central Illinois in 2012. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep.

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's Top 5 largest health systems by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.

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