Shawnee Mission Health Recognized for High-value Healthcare by Premier Inc.
Merriam, KS
09/15/2017 04:54 PM

Shawnee Mission Health (SMH), part of Adventist Health System (AHS), has been named a finalist for the 2017 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care.

Only 21 hospitals received finalist recognition for achieving top performance in multiple categories. To earn finalist status, hospitals were recognized in five of the six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, which includes: cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement, and appropriate hospital use.

SMH was honored during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in June.

“Shawnee Mission Health’s achievement in QUEST reinforces our commitment to deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve,” said SMH President and CEO Ken Bacon. “We’re proud to be named a finalist, and will continue to improve patient outcomes.”

All QUEST hospitals submitting data for October 2015 through September 2016 were eligible for the QUEST Award. 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 top quartile of performance. Top performance methodology for each dimension varied depending on the unique measure calculation and methodology.

“QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide,” said Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, vice president of engagement and delivery for Premier Inc. “Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates Shawnee Mission Health for their fantastic achievements.”

A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum’s 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time. Approximately 350 hospitals volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation. QUEST participants have prevented more than 198,000 deaths and reduced healthcare spending by more than $17 billion.

Building on the legacy of QUEST, QUEST 2020 was launched in January 2017 to extend beyond hospital walls to provide compliance, improvement, and specialized support for health systems to thrive in today’s healthcare economy.

About Shawnee Mission Health


Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with more than 22,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; SMH – Prairie Star; SMH – Overland Park; and Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care and physician practices located throughout Johnson and Leavenworth Counties. SMMC is the only Kansas City area hospital to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. SMH employs more than 3,200 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of nearly 700 physicians. SMH is part of Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit, Protestant health care organization in the nation. Visit us online at


About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on




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