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Aspirus in Iron River named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

By | Emergency Medicine, Health News, Innova News, Rural Communities

So proud of our partner hospital in Iron River, Michigan!

 

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/news/local-news/2017/03/aspirus-in-iron-river-named-top-100-critical-access-hospital/

 

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital recently was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

As a top-performing CAH, Aspirus Iron River is recognized as being one of the best of the 1,332 rural safety-net hospitals in the nation, officials said.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,”Aspirus Iron River CEO Connie Koutouzos said. “It’s a testament to the high-quality, patient-centered care we provide. This recognition also salutes the skill and dedication that is displayed daily by our medical staff and employees. We are dedicated to leading the transformation of health care for the communities we serve.”

A CAH is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promote a process for improving rural health care and focus on community needs.

CAHs are in rural areas, can have a maximum of 25 acute care in-patient beds, and provide 24-hour emergency services.

Aspirus Iron River Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is a comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

Aspirus Iron River was among only five to make the list in Michigan, another being Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. Aspirus partner hospitals in Wisconsin, Aspirus Medford Hospital and Aspirus Langlade were the only CAHs to receive the designation from Wisconsin.

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America — and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wis.

Aspirus serves communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the western Upper Peninsula.

The integrated system includes four hospitals in Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and helicopter transport, medical goods, nursing homes and affiliated physicians.

Innova Case Study: Patient Satisfaction & Safety

By | Emergency Medicine, Innova News

Here at Innova, patient safety is our top priority.  We know that long waits and high left without being seen (LWBS) rates put patients at risk – and we work diligently to maintain outstanding performance in these metrics.  We recently acquired a hospital contract at a site that sees approximately 12,000 patients per year. The Emergency Department layout is ideal with plenty of space to accommodate the volume, but when our partnership began, the Door to Provider times and LWBS numbers were unacceptably high.   

An astonishing 9.6% of the patients were leaving without ever being seen.  Patients were languishing in the waiting room with average wait times of nearly 1 hour.  The general culture was that nothing could be done.

Within 60 days, our average wait time dropped by 60% to just 20 minutes.  The LWBS rate fell from 9.6% to <2% (an 80% improvement) and patient satisfaction scores have skyrocketed.  

Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how Innova partners with hospitals to deliver world-class care to patients!

Innova Joins Catalyst HTI

By | Innova News

August 2nd, 2018

DENVER— Innova Emergency Medical Associates announced today that they are relocating their national headquarters to Catalyst HTI in Denver, CO.  The team at Innova searched for a community where their own penchant for innovation could collide with other leaders looking to reimagine healthcare.  In fact, Innova’s longtime tagline “Emergency Care Reimagined” perfectly matches the culture of innovation at Catalyst.

Innova’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Steve Sherick stated that “Since 2011 we’ve been working tirelessly to improve the quality of emergency care in hospitals across the US through cutting edge care and employee ownership and our move into Catalyst represents the next step in our journey.  Our providers live across the country from California to New York, and our partner hospitals span from Arizona to Indiana and many states in between, but our home base is in the great health innovation community of Denver.”

Innova was founded in 2011 with the idea that all patients deserve the best in patient care, and that it was possible to do so while treating patients, providers and partner hospitals with the utmost respect.  Innova provides emergency department provider staffing across the Intermountain West and Midwest, specializing in rural emergency departments.  Innova is proud to have an exclusively employee-owned structure that creates a level of true investment by the employees into a company which believes that you work hard when you work, and enjoy your life and family beyond your dreams when you’re not working.

Catalyst HTI is a health care industry ecosystem putting together some of the most forward-thinking minds in the field, under one roof.  Catalyst President Mike Biselli said that “Having Innova join us at Catalyst is an honor and a critical part of our ecosystem, as the team they have represents the future of health care, especially the future for our health care providers.”

***Innova will be having an open house in their office on the 3rd floor (Suite 320) of Catalyst (3513 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216) from 1-3PM on August 21st.  Please come by and meet the team and learn more about how Innova plans to be an ever-bigger part of the ecosystem at-large.