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Fairview Southdale Hospital: Efficiency Through Quality and Innovation

Fairview Southdale Hospital was recognized as one of 13 "Highest Value Hospitals" by the Leapfrog Group in 2008, based on efficiency scores that took into account quality of care as well as resource utilization. The hospital, which was selected from nearly 1,300 hospitals that had voluntarily submitted data, received a top efficiency score for all four conditions/procedures examined: coronary artery bypass graft, percutaneous coronary interventions, treatment of acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia care.

This study was based on publicly available information and self-reported data provided by the case study institution(s). The aim of Commonwealth Fund–sponsored case studies of this type is to identify institutions that have achieved results indicating high performance in a particular area of interest, have undertaken innovations designed to reach higher performance, or exemplify attributes that can foster high performance. The studies are intended to enable other institutions to draw lessons from the studied institutions' experience that will be helpful in their own efforts to become high performers. Even the best-performing organizations may fall short in some areas or make mistakes—emphasizing the need for systematic approaches to improve quality and prevent harm to patients and staff. The Commonwealth Fund is not an accreditor of health care organizations or systems, and the inclusion of an institution in the Fund's case study series is not an endorsement by the Fund for receipt of health care from the institution.

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S. Silow-Carroll and A. Lashbrook, Fairview Southdale Hospital: Efficiency Through Quality and Innovation, The Commonwealth Fund, July 2011.