Tappahannock, Va – Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (RTH) is among the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care, according to Premier, America's largest healthcare performance improvement alliance.

RTH earned a Citation of Merit in the Premier healthcare alliance's QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare, being recognized for:        

  • Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge
  • Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and   surgical care at least 95 percent of the time
  • Reducing preventable harm events
  • Reducing readmissions by at least 12 percent

"Quality and patient safety are our number one priority. Our physicians and employees work very hard to make sure patient safety and quality are the best they can be. Winning the award gives us national recognition which is very gratifying. This award recognizes the efforts of our team," said Kate Lim, Director of Quality for RTH.

Members of QUEST Award team

QUEST is a performance improvement collaborative of 333 hospitals working to make healthcare safer, more efficient and consistently effective. Approximately 330 QUEST members participating from October 1, 2011 through September 2012 were eligible for the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare.

"Meeting the imperatives of better care at a lower cost isn't easy for health systems to achieve on their own. It's this type of collaboration and innovation that's needed system-wide to build a sustainable future for healthcare and most importantly communities nationwide, "said Susan DeVore, Premier President and CEO. "Premier congratulates Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for their outstanding performance."

The nation's leading hospitals, created the QUEST collaborative to monitor and measure performance to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost effective care. In their first four and a half years, they've saved nearly 92,000 lives and $9 billion.

Published: July 5, 2013