ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Becker's Hospital Review has published its list, "100 Integrated Health Systems to Know," and OSF HealthCare is among them for the second year in a row. This list recognizes health systems that focus on the continuum of care, from wellness and preventive services to urgent care, inpatient care, outpatient care, hospice, health plan offerings and more. Many of these health systems have also demonstrated innovation through their participation in care and payment reform initiatives, such as Accountable Care Organizations. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected health systems based on rankings by health care analytics company IMS Health, as well as health systems' financial, clinical and operational strength.
Excellent examples that illustrate why it is believed OSF HealthCare was selected include:
• In December of 2011, OSF Healthcare System announced that its hospitals, physicians, advanced care practitioners, home care services and pharmacies in Central Illinois were selected to participate as a Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. At that time, the acting administrator of CMS, Marilyn Tavenner noted, “These Pioneer ACOs represent our nation’s leaders in health systems innovation, providing highly coordinated care for patients at lower costs. OSF Healthcare System has demonstrated significant experience in providing high quality, coordinated care, and we are excited to partner with them.”
• One year later OSF expanded its CMS Pioneer ACO to include CMS beneficiaries served by its Northern Illinois Community of Caregivers.
• During the summer of 2012, OSF implemented a state-of-the-art eICU Program from Philips Healthcare for all 139 of its adult ICU beds. The purpose of OSF ConstantCare is to save lives, reduce complications, decrease length of ICU stays and better manage health care costs.
• In April, 2013 an international team of surgeons at Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center created and transplanted a trachea (windpipe) into a 32-month-old Korean toddler born with a rare, fatal, congenital abnormality in which her trachea failed to develop. During the revolutionary operation, the surgical team implanted a tissue engineered, cell based artificial windpipe in Hannah Warren, who had spent her entire life living in a neonatal intensive care unit in a hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Unable to breathe, talk, swallow, eat or drink on her own since birth, Hannah would have died without a trachea transplant. Hannah continues her recovery at Children’s Hospital.
• Also in April, OSF HealthCare and Mayo Clinic agreed to collaborate and consequently OSF became the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The Network is an innovative and progressive program developed by Mayo Clinic providing formal collaborations with health care systems, like OSF HealthCare, to provide physicians direct access to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources.
• Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, or Jump, is a collaborative effort by OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria that opened its doors on April 25th. Jump is a virtual hospital, combining actual medical equipment and the latest simulation technology for better education, performance training and research with the goal of ultimately improving patient health outcomes and lowering health care costs.