Catholic Health Named to Top 100 List for Second Year

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January 26, 2009

For the second consecutive year, Catholic Health in Buffalo, NY has been named to the list of the most efficient integrated healthcare networks in the nation, the 2009 SDI IHN 100. Published today in Modern Healthcare, the ranking recognizes the 100 most integrated networks out of 570 health systems graded annually on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency. In addition, Catholic Health was named to the top 10 of hospitals in the Northeast Region in the SDI IHN Ranking.

“Striving for excellence as an integrated health network means we are transforming ourselves, putting better systems and technology in place to care for patients, integrate with our physicians and offer them easy access to patient medical information, measure and improve accuracy, quality, value and maximized efficiency,” said Joseph D. McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health. “In the end this all translates to pushing ourselves to perform at a higher level, raising the bar on performance and a better patient experience, which is our ultimate focus. It’s a journey without a finish.”

“We’re very proud of the hard work of all our associates and physicians in moving Catholic Health up 32 places on the list. We are in the company of some very strong health systems and this recognition is an affirmation of our quest in improve our processes, access and quality for the patients we serve,” McDonald said.

It is the second consecutive year Catholic Health has been named to the top 100 list, moving up to 64th in the nation, a jump of 32 places. Additionally Catholic Health was the only hospital system in Upstate New York to be in the Top 10 of the SDI IHN Northeast Region, placing seventh.

The SDI IHN 100 survey program invites hundreds of health systems from across the nation to submit survey case presentations in eight critical success factors including: integration, outpatient utilization, integrated technology, financial stability, services and access, contract capabilities, and physicians. Health systems are graded on performance levels in each category, which are weighted in value, resulting in an overall score and placement in the ranking.

Catholic Health had a perfect rating in several categories in the rating, including “integration” and “outpatient utilization” and strong scores in the “services and access” and “hospital utilization” sections.

The rankings are conducted by SDI Health LLC, a nationally recognized healthcare data and consulting firm in Yardley, Pennsylvannia. The designation was formerly known as the Verispan IHN 100. SDI Health acquired Verispan last year.

The full report on the 2009 SDI IHN 100 was published on January 26, 2009 in Modern Health Care.