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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton was recently named to the ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Hospital Honor Roll. The Honor Roll acknowledges adult, acute care hospitals whose performance was among the top 25% of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality and patient experience measures as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Leapfrog Group.

Harvard Pilgrim’s Honor Roll is part of the health insurer’s efforts to enable consumers to select hospitals based on quality and safety performance.  According to Harvard Pilgrim, hospitals were evaluated on processes of care in four categories: cardiac; pneumonia; surgery – preventing infections; and surgery – preventing complications. The results of patient surveys measuring patient hospital experiences were also considered. Harvard Pilgrim also factored in CMS patient and safety measures, such as healthcare associated infections, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety composite scores.

Honor Roll hospitals are noted in Harvard Pilgrim’s printed and online provider directories as well as on the organization’s web site (www.harvardpilgrim.org) and its Now iKnow cost and quality transparency tool.

“During the last several years, BID-Milton has invested substantial resources in developing robust and organization-wide quality and patient safety as well as patient experience programs,” said Ashley Yeats, MD, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Healthcare Quality. “To be recognized as a Harvard Pilgrim honor roll hospital is testament to the hard work of our staff and physicians in creating a safe, patient-centered model-of-care.”

Peter Healy, president and chief executive officer of BID-Milton, added, “Making clinical quality and patient satisfaction data publically available is vital to helping consumers make informed choices about their healthcare. We strive to be a high-quality and high-value community hospital that provides exceptional care at a low cost. Thank you to our staff and physicians for helping us achieve this goal on a daily basis.”

“Harvard Pilgrim is proud to recognize these Honor Roll hospitals that are providing our members with high quality care,” said Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “In this time of great change in health care, we want to commend these hospitals for their focus and dedication to quality and patient safety.”

“Expectations of hospitals to provide quality care at affordable prices are increasingly high,” said Michael Sherman, MD, chief medical officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “These hospitals are notable for their ability to keep patients at the forefront as health care evolves toward a greater outcomes and value orientation.”