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Shawnee Mission Health Recognized for High-value Healthcare by Premier Inc.

Merriam, Kan. Shawnee Mission Health (SMH), part of Adventist Health System (AHS), has been named a finalist for the 2017 QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.

Only 21 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in multiple categories. To earn finalist status, hospitals were recognized in five of the six areas measured in Premiers QUEST collaborative, which includes: cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement, and appropriate hospital use.

SMH was honored during Premiers annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in June.

Shawnee Mission Health achievement in QUEST reinforces our commitment to deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve, said SMH President and CEO Ken Bacon. We're proud to be named a finalist, and will continue to improve patient outcomes.

All QUEST hospitals submitting data for October 2015 through September 2016 were eligible for the QUEST Award. Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except the cost of care, which was based on top quartile of performance. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.

QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide, said Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, vice president of engagement and delivery for Premier Inc. Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates Shawnee Mission Health for their fantastic achievements.

A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forums 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time. Approximately 350 hospitals volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation. QUEST participants have prevented more than 198,000 deaths and reduced healthcare spending by more than $17 billion.

Building on the legacy of QUEST, QUEST 2020 was launched in January 2017 to extend beyond hospital walls to provide compliance, improvement, and specialized support for health systems to thrive in today's healthcare economy.