December 20, 2016

Holy Family Hospital Awarded Community Value 100 Designation as One of Top Performing Community Hospitals in the Country

Holy Family Hospital, part of the Steward Health Care System (Steward), today announced it was named to the prestigious Community Value 100 List as one of the 100 top performing community hospitals in the country, out of all hospitals evaluated. Holy Family received the 2016 Community Value Leadership Award from nationally recognized data and consulting firm, Cleverley + Associates. 
Cleverly + Associates first published its Community Value Index in 2004 as a way to assess the value an individual hospital provides to its community. The Index examines ten measures within four performance areas – financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost structure, hospital charge structure, and hospital quality performance – and remains the most comprehensive index dedicated to hospital value assessment.
“The topic of hospital value is increasingly being discussed. Issues of pricing and community benefit have been well-publicized but little has been offered to measure the broad scope of value,” said James Cleverley, co-author of the 2016 State of the Hospital Industry, which reports the Community Value Index. “In response, the Community Value Index was created to provide an assessment of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality. Fundamentally, the CVI suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low-cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.” 
Under Steward’s patient-centric Accountable Care Organization model, Holy Family Hospital has:
Received the “Gold Ribbon Seal in Healthcare” from the Joint Commission on Accreditation, a national non-profit organization which accredits and certifies over 20,000 health care organizations and programs using national health care quality and safety standards.
Been awarded the A Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that conducts an annual survey on quality and safety at 1,800 hospitals nationwide, exemplifying the highest quality of patient care. Holy Family Hospital is one of just 72 hospitals nationwide to achieve a A Hospital Safety Grade since the inception of the award in 2012.
Achieved some of the highest quality scores from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract, which are nationally recognized metrics measuring quality of care and patient experience.
“This award is a yet another strong validation of Holy Family’s quality care delivery model,” said Craig Jesiolowski, FACHE, President of Holy Family Hospital. “We are thrilled to be counted among the Community Value 100, and will continue to strive to provide high quality health care at an affordable cost in the Methuen and Haverhill areas.”
As large hospital systems move health care into urban centers and away from the communities that need them, Holy Family Hospital and Steward have worked to keep quality care local, all while making it more affordable. Holy Family’s 2016 Community Value Leadership Award demonstrates Steward’s continued ability to provide high quality, affordable community-based health care services.
About Holy Family Hospital 
Holy Family Hospital is a 385-bed acute-care hospital with two campuses, Holy Family Hospital - Methuen and Holy Family Hospital- Haverhill. Both full-service locations provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to the greater Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. Both campuses are proud recipients of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and Holy Family Hospital is one of only 72 hospitals nationwide to earn Straight A’s since 2012 from independent healthcare industry watchdog The Leapfrog Group, for performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Holy Family Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Advanced Certification in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery by The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. Holy Family Hospital is Nationally Recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts as a Blue Distinction Center® Plus for excellence in hip and knee replacements and as a Blue Distinction Center® for Spine Surgery. The hospital’s strengths include orthopedic care, cancer care, neurology/neurosurgery, general surgery, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, maternity care, and behavioral medicine.  Holy Family Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England, which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10  hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. 
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated health care services organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is one of the five largest employers in Massachusetts with more than 17,000 employees in more than 150 communities. Steward is comprised of Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network, and Steward Hospital Group. Steward Medical Group provides approximately 1 million patient encounters per year at 152 sites and manages homecare and hospice with 300,000 and 35,000 encounters respectively. Steward Health Care Network, a fully integrated care management company, has 3,000 physicians, with approximately 4 million patient encounters per year and affiliates or joint ventures with approximately 30 urgent care centers. Steward’s Hospital Group includes Norwood Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill and Methuen, Morton Hospital in Taunton, and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Additional information is available at