Sharp Rees-Stealy Wins Doyle Award

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers has won the 2013 Doyle Award, given by MCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines), for implementing a program aimed at improving the health of heart failure patients.

Using a multidisciplinary team, Sharp Rees-Stealy implemented a heart failure disease management program based on MCG’s chronic care guidelines. Together, the care team works closely with the patients to create a shared action plan that is communicated to every caregiver along the way. Staff can identify candidates for the heart failure program early in their hospitalization and this coordinated approach has enabled the care teams to provide personalized attention and move patients seamlessly across the continuum of care. These program enhancements led to a decrease in the number of heart failure patient hospital readmissions by 49 percent and an increase of patients participating in the program from 28 to 67 percent.

"We are so proud and appreciative of this award," said Stacey Hrountas, CEO, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers. "It’s a testament to our staff and physicians who are committed to providing quality care and implementing programs that result in better outcomes for our patients."

Each year, the Doyle Award is given to one health care payor and one provider that makes innovative use of the care guidelines developed by MCG, which are used by more than 2,200 clients, including 1,200 hospitals and 8 of the 10 largest U.S. health plans. Judges of the award looked for evidence of improvements in health care quality and patient safety, patient satisfaction and staff efficiency, among other factors.

"Chronic disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.," said Jon Shreve, chief executive officer of MCG. "Solving the puzzle of effective chronic care is the key to creating a sustainable modern health care system. To do so, we need organizations like Sharp Rees-Stealy with the boldness to innovate and the discipline to apply the best evidence."

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