Asante Named a 15 Top Health System in the Nation for Third Year in a Row
The only health system in the Pacific Northwest to achieve this award
For the third consecutive year, Asante has been named one of the 15 top health systems from among the 436 health systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics, an international business research firm and leader in quality measurements. In addition, Asante is the only health system in Oregon and Washington to achieve this outstanding recognition.
“This honor is a direct result of the outstanding efforts our caregivers, physicians, employees, and volunteers make each day at Asante,” said Roy Vinyard, president and CEO of Asante. “The award recognizes our commitment to exceptional care, clinical excellence, and most importantly, to the communities we serve.”
Truven analyzes the clinical quality and efficiency of health systems across the country to identify the top 15. The list recognizes the top five systems in three categories: small, medium, and large based on annual operating expenses. With an operating budget of more than $640 million, Asante is ranked in the top five of the small category.
"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency, and patient perception of care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics. “These leadership teams are transforming their systems more rapidly than their peers, and are outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”
“We strive to exceed patients’ expectations and work as a team to improve every aspect of care we provide,” said Scott Kelly, Asante executive vice president and CEO of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “In addition to offering advanced medical services, we want to be a good citizen and contribute to the total well-being of the community.”
As part of Asante’s commitment to the nine-county region it serves, its three hospitals spent $121 million on community benefits in fiscal year 2014. “Community benefit “encompasses activities and funding of programs that provide tangible health benefits to the community at no cost and without compensation to the hospital. This includes a $250,000 pledge to Rogue Community College to support the expansion for student training in health sciences and allied health programs; funding a school nurse program in the Ashland/Talent district; and a $70,000 donation to La Clinica for health services to low income families.