Our Commitment to Quality
Our commitment to quality is steadfast. We continue to lead efforts to collect and analyze healthcare data to improve the quality of healthcare in the Dayton region.
We began our quality efforts more than ten years ago in partnership with our member hospitals by developing the Quality of Care Initiative. This ground-breaking collaboration also included competitive quality healthcare systems, the Dayton business community, as well as the Ohio Hospital Association and Applied Health Services.
Through this initiative, we reviewed mortality, the length of stay, and the process of care data for the major conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. We then identified areas in need of improvement, and the community adopted best practices and tracked the successes.
In fact, our process and specific improvement measures in the mortality rate for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) earned us national recognition by The Joint Commission when they presented us with the prestigious Ernest A. Codman Award in 2002.
Following that success, the process was replicated throughout Ohio. Also, our member hospitals have upheld their commitment to quality as they continue to advance their goals to improve the quality of care provided to their patients. We are pleased that state and national resources are now available to provide detailed information about a variety of healthcare quality indicators.
The Quality & Cost Council
The Quality & Cost Council
Building on the success of the Quality of Care Initiative, the existing Hospital Cost Council conducted a study to assess and measure the cost of Dayton healthcare. The two groups have now merged to become the Quality and Cost Council with the goal of assuring that our member hospitals provide high-quality care at a reasonable cost.
The Council plans to conduct many initiatives such as comparing public local, state, and national quality data, analyzing emerging quality issues, sharing best practices in quality improvement, completing targeted and measureable quality improvement studies, and documenting how these efforts can reduce healthcare costs.
Ohio Hospital Compare
Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, all Ohio hospitals are required to report performance measures to the Ohio Department of Health. That data can be accessed through Ohio Hospital Compare is a website tool.
The Ohio Hospital Association
The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has been a key partner in quality analysis by developing, adopting and tracking statewide quality initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides the Hospital Compare website that allows you to locate Medicare-certified hospitals to compare for healthcare quality.
The Joint Commission’s Quality Check® is another national comparison tool providing meaningful information about the comparative performance of accredited organizations.