July 31, 2013
A comparison of nearly 3,000 hospitals throughout Florida and across the
U.S. by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows Parrish
Medical Center (PMC) is Central Florida’s No. 1 hospital for clinical care, a
patient’s hospital experience, and low cost.
PMC also ranked as the No. 5
independent public hospital in the U.S. and in the top six percent of the 2,985
hospitals analyzed by CMS. This hospital compare data is important to everyone,
not only those on Medicare or Medicaid.
“This is a wonderful
statement about the work PMC’s care partners do to fulfill our hospital mission
of healing experiences for everyone all the time,” said Herman Cole, chairman
of the PMC board of directors.
“We’re a public hospital in
Titusville, and CMS data shows us to be exceeding the performance of some of
the best-known hospitals in America,” Cole added. “It’s the result of having a
plan that truly works.
“PMC has earned many quality
awards, and for the people we serve to have in hand the CMS analysis that puts
PMC among America’s elite hospitals is a great thing for our patients, their
families, and Brevard County.”
CMS examined hospital data
through a system called value-based purchasing, a system put in place to
reimburse hospitals based on quality of care and patient experience (not the
number or frequency of services) and to put information in consumers’ hands about
hospitals’ quality and cost.
The clinical measurements
included surgeries and treatment for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia,
and other conditions.
Even as PMC was earning the
highest composite ratings of all Central Florida hospitals, cost figures show
PMC to be Brevard’s lowest cost hospital.
“In today’s health care world
it’s important for Brevard residents to know that PMC is not only nationally
recognized for clinical quality and for a superior patient experience, but that
it is also the county’s lowest-cost hospital,” said George Mikitarian, PMC
president and chief executive officer. “High quality and a great experience as
the county’s lowest cost hospital are achievements of which PMC’s care partners
are very proud.”
Edwin Loftin, PMC’s vice
president for acute care and PMC’s chief nursing officer, noted that at the
other Brevard County hospitals the average charge for treating heart failure is
$20,085; PMC’s charge is $15,405. The average charge for pneumonia treatment is
$23,906; PMC’s charge is $16,504.
Patients’ impressions of
their hospital experience were also evaluated, Loftin said. “This information,
from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or
HCAHPS, is critical because it tells hospitals what patients think of the job
Mikitarian said PMC in May
2013 earned national recognition - for the third time - for patient safety.
“We received our third ‘A’
rating for patient safety in the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Report,” he
said. In Florida, just 62 hospitals received ‘A’ ratings. The Leapfrog Group is
an independent, national not-for-profit organization composed of leading U.S.
employers and private healthcare experts.
“We have two goals at PMC,”
he said. “The first is to never be complacent with what we’ve achieved. The
second is to improve every facet of hospital service and operations, all the
time, to benefit every patient and family member who comes into Parrish Medical
For more information about
CMS’s National Hospital Quality Initiative data that shows PMC to be one of
America’s top hospitals and the No. 1 hospital in Central Florida, please visit
also visit www.prshmd.com/itmattersvideo
for a video message from Herman A. Cole Jr., Col, USAF, Ret., chairman of the
PMC board of directors.