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Inova Loudoun Hospital Recognized for Providing Safe, Efficient and Effective Care

Media Contact: Renee Brohard, 540-454-3493


Leesburg, VA (September 17, 2013) – Inova Loudoun Hospital is one of 38 hospitals to receive a Citation of Merit for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier, a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance of 2,900 hospitals and 100,000 other care sites.

Specifically, Inova Loudoun is being recognized for:

  • Reducing mortality;
  • Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time;
  • Reducing preventable harm events; and
  • Reducing readmissions by at least 12 percent.

“We’re proud to receive a Citation of Merit for the QUEST Award as we continue down our path of improving patient outcomes,” said H. Patrick Walters, CEO, Inova Loudoun Hospital. “This performance happens as a direct result of the exceptional staff and physicians we have working at our hospital and serving our community.”

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO said, “Meeting the imperatives of better care at a lower cost isn’t easy for health systems to achieve on their own. It’s this type of collaboration and innovation that’s needed system-wide to build a sustainable future for healthcare and most importantly communities nationwide. Premier congratulates Inova Loudoun for their outstanding performance.”

333 QUEST members participating from October 1, 2011 through September 2012 were eligible for the award. QUEST hospitals agree to:

  • Transparently share progress on a set of uniform measures on a regular basis;
  • Share best practices and successful innovations with all members of the collaborative; and
  • Take part in structured collaborative execution activities (such as 90-day improvement sprints).

Top performance thresholds were established at the top quartile of performance from a baseline period in all measures except cost of care, which was based on the median of the total inpatient cost per case mix adjusted discharge. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.

The Premier healthcare alliance and our nation’s leading hospitals created the QUEST collaborative. QUEST hospitals monitor and measure performance to ensure delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. In their first four years, they’ve saved nearly 92,000 lives and $9 billion.

QUEST hospitals across 40 states continue to increase adherence to evidence-based care delivery, improve the patient experience and avoid harm while reducing mortality, cost of care and readmissions.

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About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is one of the nation’s largest performance improvement alliances of approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading purchasing network that provided members more than $5 billion in savings in FY2012. Premier also maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4 patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care, Premier has one of the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America, including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Inova Loudoun Hospital, serving Loudoun County for over 100 years, is part of Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Visit us on the web at


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