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UMass Memorial -  HealthAlliance Hospital Receives First Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital was a first place awardee at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA)’s second Accountable Care Compass Awards event, which recognizes provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care.
UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital’s initiative was selected from nearly 60 submissions MHA received from hospitals, physician groups, home health agencies and other care providers from across the commonwealth. Independent judges reviewed the entries and selected finalists and a first place award in each of the following six categories:
1. Reducing Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Readmissions
2. Improving Organizational Efficiencies
3. Enhancing Culture and Leadership
4. Providing Care to Special Populations
5. Improvements Across the Continuum of Care
6. Physician Practice Innovations
UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital was named a first place honoree in theImproving Organizational Efficiencies category for Maximizing Operational Efficiencies through Reduction in Emergency Department Boarders project. An Emergency Department boarder is defined as a patient who remains in the Emergency Department after the patient has been admitted to the facility, but has not been transferred to an inpatient unit.
“This project at UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital represents our increasing multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration coupled with our relentless focus on doing what is best for our patients. I am very proud of the entire team and this statewide recognition only serves to underscore the quality of the work being done right here close to home,” stated Deborah Weymouth, FACHE, President & CEO, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital.
“Along with the rest of our country, we cannot predict what the future of the healthcare reform in general and the Affordable Care Act in particular will be, but MHA’s member facilities and their amazing employees are on the front lines every day, providing some of the best healthcare in the world,” said MHA’s President & CEO Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, who conceived the idea for awards. “The Compass Awards competition encourages members to detail their best and most creative patient care and quality improvement efforts, to both inform the public and share best practices among their peers and colleagues. It appropriately highlights the fundamental mission of providers – exhibiting excellence in caring for patients, families and communities.”
The awards were presented at a March 9th breakfast ceremony emceed by Emmy Award-winning A&E Critic Joyce Kulhawik and attended by hospital, health system, physician organization and other healthcare provider leaders and innovators from across Massachusetts.
Compass Award Presentation 
Pictured: Representatives from UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital:  Whitney Green, Foster Wing, Unit Secretary; Kristen Cassie, PT; David Ammerman, MD; Adam Darnobid, MD; Nancy Seskes, RN, Nurse Manager; Scott Ostriker, MBA, Pharm.D, Director, Pharmacy; Deborah Weymouth, FACHE, President & CEO.
UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital
UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital is a not-for-profit, full service, acute care hospital that serves the communities of North Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. As a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, HealthAlliance Hospital offers direct access to the advanced medical technology and specialty services that are part of the region’s academic medical center. The HealthAlliance system includes hospital campuses in Leominster and Fitchburg, a regional cancer center, complementary care center, outpatient physical therapy centers, a home health and hospice agency, urgent care centers, and HealthAlliance Fitchburg Family Practice. General information: Leominster Campus, 978-466-2000 or Fitchburg Campus 978-343-5000
To find a physician in your community, please call 855-UMASS-MD (1-855-862-7763).