Enloe Medical Center awarded for providing value
CHICO, Calif., June 19, 2013 – Enloe Medical Center has been recognized with a Community Value Five-Star award from Cleverley + Associates, a health care financial consulting firm that benchmarks organizations and provides strategies to enhance performance.
Receiving the Five-Star rating means a hospital scored in the top 20 percent of hospitals based on:
- having low cost structure and low charges,
- using its financial position to reinvest in the provision of care at its facilities, and
- offering high quality care.
Enloe is one of only 40 hospitals in California to receive the award for 2012 and one of two in Butte County, including Oroville Hospital. Enloe also received the award in 2010.
“The residents of Butte County can feel good to know that two of their local hospitals are distinguished for the value they offer,” said Mike Wiltermood, CEO of Enloe Medical Center. “As Health Care Reform initiates cuts in payments to doctors and hospitals, it will be increasingly important for the entire health system to continue working together to maintain high-value health services for our community.”
Value is measured using an index developed by Cleverley + Associates, which published its findings in its State of the Hospital Industry - 2013 Edition. The book, authored by health care finance expert William O. Cleverley, Ph.D. focuses on the U.S. acute-care hospital industry over a three-year time period (2009- 2011).
Co-author James Cleverley adds: “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. Fundamentally, the CVI [Community Value Index] 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.”
Wiltermood says, “For Enloe, this Five-Star rating reaffirms our vision to be the first choice for health care, as well as our commitment to our patients and our partners -- local physicians, who also work hard to provide quality health care at a reasonable price.”
ABOUT CLEVERLEY + ASSOCIATES
Cleverley + Associates is a Columbus, Ohio-based health care data and consulting services firm specializing in custom data analyses and reporting for healthcare providers, consultants, and vendors. The company’s primary focus is to provide health care providers with solutions and recommendations that will enhance their financial performance through better pricing decisions; improved coding, capital restructuring, cost and productivity enhancements; and/or investment management changes. For more information, call Cleverley + Associates at 888-779-5663 or visit www.cleverleyassociates.com.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.