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Walla Walla General Hospital Among Nation's Top Hospitals

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Walla Walla General Hospital has been recognized with a 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index™: Best in Value™ Award, as a result of the study conducted by Data Advantage, LLC, a national health care measurement organization. WWGH ranked among the top tier of all hospitals nationwide, achieving high marks in quality, affordability and efficiency, and patient satisfaction.

Specifically, WWGH is being recognized with the following honors:

  • Best in Value™: Quality, Affordability & Efficiency, and Satisfaction - Hospitals whose performance is in the top quartile of performance nationally.
     
  • Best in Value™: Superior Quality Merit Award - Hospitals in the top 10 percent of the top quartile of U.S. hospitals when ranked on quality.
     
  • Hospital Value Index™: Best in Region - A ranking of the 20 highest ranked hospitals within each of the 10 CMS regions.
     
  • Hospital Value Index™: Best in State - A ranking of the top ten highest ranked hospitals within each state.

"We are proud of these honors as they reinforce our commitment to providing quality care to our community," says Monty E. Knittel, WWGH President and CEO. "Our physicians and employees strive each day to make our hospital the leader in quality care, and these awards stand as a testament to their dedication and achievement of their goals."

The Hospital Value Index™ is the first and only performance indicator to focus on the value hospitals provide to their community and utilizes the latest publicly available data, including Hospital Compare from July 2009, to recognize these accomplishments.

The Hospital Value Index™ pulled data from approximately 4,500 general acute-care hospitals, serving approximately 30.1 million consumers. It defines a hospital's "value" by its success in four critical areas:

  • Quality, including CMS's Core Measures, patient safety and readmission rates;
     
  • Efficiency, including the relative measure of the cost to the hospital for providing services;
     
  • Affordability, a relative comparison of prices charged for inpatient and outpatient services; and
     
  • Patient satisfaction as measured by HCAHPS.

The full Hospital Value Index™ study and list of findings can be found at www.HospitalValueIndex.com.