Lahey Clinic Honored for Excellence in Quality Care and Efficiency

Release Date: 10/19/2007

Rose Lewis
Manager, Media Relations
Lahey Clinic
Phone: (781) 744-5440


Lahey Clinic Honored for Excellence in Quality Care and Efficiency

BURLINGTON, MA– Lahey Clinic has been honored by the Premier healthcare alliance with the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select Practice National Quality Award for superior patient outcomes in both quality and efficiency.

Lahey Clinic is one of just 49 hospitals nationally, the top 1 percent of acute inpatient facilities, recognized with the Select Practice Award. Among the more than 4,700 acute care inpatient facilities in the United States eligible to receive the award, Lahey exhibited the highest level performance in both quality and efficiency of patient care.

“This honor reflects the quality of care that Lahey doctors, nurses and staff give to our patients every day," said Lahey Clinic President and CEO David M. Barrett, MD. "We commend them for their dedication to making certain that our patients receive safe, excellent, and compassionate care.”

As a recipient of the 2007 Select Practice National Quality Award, Lahey Clinic achieved superior performance in care of patients, as identified by the Premier | CareScience Select Practice methodology.

Lahey Clinic did not apply for the award. It was identified as a top performer in quality and efficiency among all acute care facilities in the MEDPAR 2005 data, a quality and efficiency index, regardless of bed size or teaching status.

“We are pleased to recognize the elite group of hospitals from across the nation that offer the highest quality and most efficient patient care,” said Richard A Bankowitz, MD, MBA, FACP, vice president and medical director for Premier Healthcare Informatics. “These hospitals represent the country's elite healthcare facilities for patient care based on performance using objective measures of clinical outcomes and efficiencies.”

Select Practice data includes 16 different clinically relevant indicators of risk, more than any other national quality award or designation. The quality index is calculated by combining the outcome deviations for mortality, morbidity and complications into a single quality measure for each facility. The combined quality and efficiency ratings are used to determine the award recipients.

Additional information about the Premier | CareScience Select Practice National Quality Award and related methodology can be found at:

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 47,500 other healthcare sites, Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the nation's largest healthcare purchasing networks, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, and Washington. For more information, visit