Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of the Steward Health Care System (Steward), today announced it was named to the prestigious Community Value 100 List as one of the 100 top performing community hospitals in the country, out of all hospitals evaluated. Good Samaritan received the 2016 Community Value Leadership Award from nationally recognized data and consulting firm, Cleverley + Associates.
Cleverly + Associates first published its Community Value Index in 2004 as a way to assess the value an individual hospital provides to its community. The Index examines ten measures within four performance areas – financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost structure, hospital charge structure, and hospital quality performance – and remains the most comprehensive index dedicated to hospital value assessment.
“The topic of hospital value is increasingly being discussed. Issues of pricing and community benefit have been well-publicized but little has been offered to measure the broad scope of value,” said James Cleverley, co-author of the 2016 State of the Hospital Industry, which reports the Community Value Index. “In response, the Community Value Index was created to provide an assessment of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality. Fundamentally, the CVI suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low-cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.”
Under Steward’s patient-centric Accountable Care Organization model, Good Samaritan Medical Center has:
• Received the “Gold Ribbon Seal in Healthcare” from the Joint Commission on Accreditation, a national non-profit organization which accredits and certifies over 20,000 health care organizations and programs using national health care quality and safety standards.
• Been awarded the A rating for Hospital Safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that conducts an annual survey on quality and safety at 1,800 hospitals nationwide, exemplifying the highest quality of patient care.
• Achieved some of the highest quality scores from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract, which are nationally recognized metrics measuring quality of care and patient experience.
“This award is a yet another strong validation of Good Samaritan quality care delivery model,” said John A. Jurczyk, FACHE, President of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “We are thrilled to be counted among the Community Value 100, and will continue to strive to provide high quality health care at an affordable cost in the Brockton area.”
As large hospital systems move health care into urban centers and away from the communities that need them, Good Samaritan Medical Center and Steward have worked to keep quality care local, all while making it more affordable. Good Samaritan’s 2016 Community Value Leadership Award demonstrates Steward’s continued ability to provide high quality, affordable community-based health care services.