FFH places in national ranking

Avatar International, an industry leader in healthcare quality improvement services, recently announced its 2011 award-winning hospital partners.

Acknowledging consistently high standards of patient care across multiple services lines, Franklin Foundation Hospital is being awarded Avatar International’s 2011 Innovation Award – Honorable Mention.

“Franklin Foundation Hospital’s success in innovating to improve the patient experience is extremely admirable,” said David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA, CEO of Avatar. “Such efforts are worthy of being publicly recognized so that other organizations can create similar innovations.”

“Our vision is to be the hospital of choice for our community,” said Parker Templeton, CEO of FFH. “We strive daily to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our customers and we are committed to providing the highest quality patient centered care. We are honored to accept the Avatar Innovation Award”.

Each year, hospitals and health systems are invited by Avatar to submit innovative and unique ideas that have been implemented to improve their patient’s experiences. The initiatives must be effective, scalable and novel. An independent committee reviews all submissions and the top scorers receive honors at the appropriate level.

Franklin Foundation Hospital received the Avatar award based upon their significant increase in patient satisfaction scores. “This past year we have significantly improved our discharge information scores from 75.87 percent to 88.28 percent between 2010 and 2011. This improvement increased our percentile ranking in discharge information from the seventh percentile in 2010 to the eighty-fourth percentile in 2011,” said Parker Templeton.

Franklin Foundation Hospital’s overall inpatient satisfaction scores are at the ninety-fifth percentile for hospitals in the Avatar database. Patient’s scored Communication with Doctors at the ninety-eighth percentile and Pain Management at the ninety-ninth percentile.

Avatar International, a research and consulting company based in Orlando, Florida, specializes in Evidence Based Intelligent Surveys and Innovative Strategies to transform information into significant quality and efficiency of care improvement for the healthcare industry. Avatar engages healthcare providers in process improvements, serving small community hospitals, academic medical centers, large regional medical centers, integrated healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, and behavioral health organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.avatar-intl.com.

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