Desert Valley Hospital Named Top 100 Hospital By Thomson Reuters

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– On April 16th, 2012, Thomson Reuters named Desert Valley Hospital a Top 100 Hospital once again. This marks the sixth time the hospital has earned the honor within the past nine years, an honor Desert Valley Hospital holds in the highest regards.

“What makes me excited about this particular award is the fact that it’s looking at the outcomes of the care we deliver to patients of the hospital,” stated Margaret R. Peterson, PhD, CEO of Desert Valley Hospital. “When you go to a hospital it is really important that you leave in better shape than when you entered.”

Peterson continued, “When you take a look at all of the items this particular study looks at, you can see there is quite a bit about what happens to the patient. In terms of mortality, complications, safety, how long they stay in the hospital, and a number of other items including how satisfied they are. So, it’s a reflection of the total package of care that is delivered to patients while they are here. It’s reflective of the work that the doctors do, the nurses do, all of our other staff do that make a difference in how we deliver care.”

This is the sixth time the honor has been bestowed on the local hospital, as it was named a Top 100 Hospital in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Dr. Peterson touched on the impact this award has, “I think it is a reflection of the fact that we have a level of excellence in the care that is delivered to our patients that is not matched by the other facilities in the High Desert. I think it speaks to the commitment that we’ve made to continuing that level of care and the consistency it shows having received the award for six out of the past nine years.”

The Thomas Reuters Top 100 Hospitals study evaluates nearly 3,000 hospitals on their performance in ten areas. These are mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality, and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. Out of the nine hospitals selected in California, five belong to the Prime Healthcare System, the system that Desert Valley Hospital has lead by example.

“I think what it really speaks to is that we, as Prime Healthcare System, focus heavily on the quality of care that we give to our patients.,” said Peterson. “I think what has been evidenced here at Desert Valley is now spreading throughout our entire system of hospitals, and the fact that this system would gain as many recognitions as it has is truly significant. So it speaks to a larger philosophy that has been nurtured and developed by Dr. Prem Reddy. As a physician, his focus is on the quality care that is delivered to our patients.”

Hospitals do not apply for this award, and winners do not pay to market this honor, as it is an unsolicited award. For more information on Desert Valley Hospital, make sure to visit their website at www.dvmc.com.

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