PinnacleHealth recognized for quality of spine surgery

PinnacleHealth has been recognized for high quality hospital care in Pennsylvania, according to the Spinal Fusions in Pennsylvania report by Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

The report shares hospital-specific results for the 21,393 adult patients who underwent this procedure in a Pennsylvania hospital in 2014 and includes outcomes on in-hospital complications, readmissions, surgeon volume and charge analysis.

Based in Harrisburg, PinnacleHealth will open the Lebanon Valley Advanced Care Center in Annville in July.

PinnacleHealth Spine Institute surgeons performed 780 spinal fusions, the fourth highest volume in the state, while maintaining lower readmission rates for complications and reporting in-hospital complications and unplanned readmissions that were “as expected.” According to the report, PinnacleHealth’s average hospital charge, $38,646, was among the lowest in the state.

PinnacleHealth is also recognized in the top 10 percent and as Number 1 in its market for medical excellence and patient safety in Spine Surgery from CareChex® — a division of Comparian®. This award is an overall measure of quality for the health system and encompasses performance across risk-adjusted mortality rates, risk-adjusted complication rates, AHRQ inpatient quality indicators (IQIs), AHRQ patient safety indicators (PSIs), core measures and HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores.

PinnacleHealth is also recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center for quality and value-based care in Spine Surgery, demonstrating overall quality of care and better patient results for its spine surgery patients. In addition, PinnacleHealth is one of only three hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission.

PHC4 is an independent state agency charged with collecting, analyzing and reporting information that can be used to improve the quality of healthcare in Pennsylvania.

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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