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High Point Regional Named Among the Nation's Top 100 Performance Improvement Leaders by Solucient

5/1/2006

High Point Regional Health System is one of the nation's top performance improvement leader hospitals as determined by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient®, the nation's leading source of healthcare information products.

High Point Regional and its senior leadership team were recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals across the country making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five years (2000-2004). These organizations have set national benchmarks for consistent improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability and growth. Findings from the third edition of Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders study appear in the May 1, 2006 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

High Point Regional’s CEO, Jeffrey S. Miller, said, “This award reaffirms our commitment to make organizational and process improvement our culture.”

The health system, a 384 bed acute care facility was named in the category of large community hospitals, and is the only North Carolina hospital to receive the award at that level.

"Five years of steady, well-aligned improvement means that these 100 Performance Improvement (PI) Leaders have enormously increased the value they provide to their communities," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, performance improvement & 100 Top programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement at Solucient. The study found that PI Leaders made the following gains between 2000 and 2004:

  • They have fewer than expected complications, deaths and adverse safety events despite starting five years ago with higher than expected incidence.
  • They improved financial stability going from being barely profitable to achieving a healthy positive profit margin of 5.8 percent.
  • They discharge patients two-thirds of a day earlier than five years ago.
  • They increased expenses by only 8 percent, while their peers' expenses increased 20 percent.
  • They grew their patient volume 5.3 percent, while their peers lost 1.5 percent of their patient volume.

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