Monday, February 21, 2011

Client News: WellSpan named a Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network

Sorce: WellSpan Press Release

WellSpan has been named a Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network for the fifth consecutive year by SDI, a health care data and consulting firm in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
"While it ' s nice to be recognized for our efforts, the most important thing is how our efforts are providing better care for those in the communities we serve," said Bruce Bartels, president of WellSpan. "Every staff member throughout our organization plays a role in furthering our integration objectives."
SDI evaluated each network on its ability to operate as a unified organization in each of eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians.
Bartels said being named a Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network for five consecutive years and seven of the past eight is an indication that WellSpan is continuing to move along the integration path.
He stressed, however, that WellSpan must continue to be successful on that journey in order to be better able to operate in an ever-changing and an increasingly challenging health care environment.
Under health care reform, the focus will shift from providing episodic care to managing the health of a population. Health care reform emphasizes efficiency, cost effectiveness, quality and patient satisfaction.
"We must be prepared to deal with future health care reform imperatives and the consequences of The Great Recession," he said.
Pat Witman, associate product director with SDI, said healthcare networks among the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks should be able to function better in the health care environment of the future than those not on the list.
"It ' s important for us to provide the best quality and the best value to our patients," said Bartels. "While the future is challenging, I believe that by working together and remaining committed and focused on our integration objectives, we can enhance the work we ' ve started and continue to meet the needs of the community."
WellSpan, ranked No. 46, is one of only three Pennsylvania healthcare networks to make the list The others are Geisinger Health System (#12) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (#32).
For a complete list of the Top 100 Healthcare Networks, go to

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