Excellence Award for Clinical Care

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire was one of four health care organizations nationwide in its size category to be recognized by a national health care network for its clinical care. VHA Inc., a network of more than 5,100 not-for-profit health care organizations, presented Mayo Clinic Health System with its Excellence Award for Clinical Care.

To determine the winners, VHA used cost, length of stay, readmission and clinical outcome data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish an integrated performance score for each of its member hospitals. In addition to scoring above the 90th percentile, as compared to other VHA members, the hospital also must have participated in a VHA improvement program in 2013.

“We are pleased to be honored by VHA and are thankful for having this and similar partnerships as we explore more efficient and effective ways to make high quality and affordable care available to patients,” says Deborah Fischer, vice president of quality and organizational improvement at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mayo Clinic Health System was recognized in the category of acute care hospitals with fewer than 250 beds. Other award recipients within this category included Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City, Tennessee; Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Jasper, Indiana; and Penn Highlands DuBois in DuBois, Pennsylvania.

“Hospitals today are focused on improving clinical outcomes, making operations more cost effective and enhancing the patient’s experience,” says Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery. “VHA’s Clinical Care Award honors institutions who are succeeding in those areas and that are diligently working to identify areas for improvement to deliver even better results and lower costs for the communities they serve. Their spirit and commitment to continuous improvement reflects VHA’s mission, and we are proud to recognize Mayo Clinic Health System’s achievements.”