Scottsdale Healthcare News

Health system affiliation will benefit greater Scottsdale

The health care industry is undergoing many changes brought on by health reform and other economic factors. Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network, like many other health systems across the country, are taking proactive steps to ensure we continue to fulfill our nonprofit missions.

Our boards of directors have endorsed a nonbinding letter of intent between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network to form a systemwide affiliation between the two organizations. We believe this is an excellent opportunity to provide accessible, high-quality and cost-effective care for our respective communities.

Leaders of both organizations feel strongly that a locally led nonprofit organization is best suited to create a forward-looking patient- and family-centered health care delivery model focused on quality, satisfaction and improving the health of individuals in the communities we serve.

A systemwide affiliation allows our organizations to maintain their community-based roots, with combined resources to invest in programs, services and technology, and to maximize clinical excellence across the continuum of care. Our shared vision is to become a fully integrated, locally controlled world-class health system. The new nonprofit system will be called Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.

We are very cognizant of both organizations’ legacies of local focus and partnerships. Scottsdale Healthcare has a long history of community collaborations—most recently partnering with the Scottsdale Fire Department for purchasing state-of-the-art portable monitors to improve care for heart attack patients.

Our commitment to quality and patient satisfaction is unwavering. Scottsdale Healthcare benchmarks itself against the best in the industry, using best practices and evidence-based protocols to measure our performance. Our Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is a recognized leader in cancer treatment and research, and anchors the city’s Cure Corridor along Shea Boulevard.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) clinics serve uninsured families throughout the Northeast Valley, and thousands attend our health screenings and education programs each year. Our military trauma training center not only trains medics for humanitarian and combat missions, it also provides training for local first responders.

Investing in new ways to serve the community is vital in this era of health reform. Improving access to care outside the hospital, continued collaboration with community partners and giving patients a more active role in staying healthy are priorities for our future.

Our city was born with the pioneer spirit of Chaplain Winfield Scott, and Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 by forward-thinking community leaders who recognized the importance of a strong, local health care provider. The risks taken to develop the Osborn Medical Center raised a few eyebrows. And the same happened when we look back at building the Shea Medical Center and Thompson Peak Hospital. Scottsdale Healthcare has a history of anticipating community needs and responding to change, whether it was the launch of Medicare in the 1960s or today’s Affordable Care Act.

We continue to embrace that pioneer spirit for innovation while maintaining our close ties to the community. I’m extremely proud of the many ways Scottsdale Healthcare has collaborated with the city and community partners, and look forward to many more years of service to greater Scottsdale and the Northeast Valley.


Scottsdale Healthcare Gets ‘A’ in Safety

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital each received an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Scores released by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit quality improvement organization. Leapfrog graded 2,514 U.S. general hospitals, including 40 in Arizona. Scottsdale Healthcare’s three hospitals were among only 13 in Arizona and nine in the Valley to receive an “A.”

Nationally, only 780 hospitals earned an “A,” while 638 received a “B,” 932 received a “C” and the remaining were given a “D” or “F.”

Leapfrog releases its Hospital Safety Scores in the spring and fall. Scottsdale Healthcare’s three hospitals each earned an “A” last fall.

“Safe, quality, compassionate care is always the top priority at Scottsdale Healthcare,” said Tom Sadvary, president and CEO of the local nonprofit health system. “This recognition further demonstrates how dedicated our physicians and staff members are to putting patients and families and their well-being at the center of all they do.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. Sources of data include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and information hospitals voluntarily report to Leapfrog.

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that these hospitals have exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leapfrog President & CEO Leah Binder.

Run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, Leapfrog strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. healthcare by promoting transparency. Its Hospital Safety Scores are posted on www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.