Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg earns national award

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

Hospitals are not somewhere people generally like to be, but when their services are needed, it’s comforting to know there’s a quality one nearby. Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg announced Wednesday it has received the 2017 QUEST Award for high-value healthcare from Premier Inc., a company focused on improving healthcare.

“It speaks to the care that we give each and every day,” said Adria Vanhoozier, the hospital’s vice president and administrator. “We love what we do and we’re very fortunate to have such a phenomenal team.”

Out of close to 350 contenders nationwide, the Williamsburg site is one of only a handful to earn the recognition.

“It’s amazing Riverside Doctors’ Hospital is one of only six in the nation to receive this award,” Del. Mike Mullin said, praising the “significant impact” the institution has made in the community since opening in May 2013.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital won the same award in 2014. The latest one is based on specific data collected from October 2015 through September 2016, emphasizing measurements such as efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety and client engagement.

“We’re very happy. It’s very comprehensive,” said nurse executive Arlene Messina, who also praised the hospital’s workers. “It’s been one of the best groups that I’ve ever worked with.”

Premier launched QUEST in 2008, in an effort to foster efficient and caring services as hospitals around the country. Hospitals volunteer to share their data transparently and work toward various goals.

“QUEST hospitals have set high standards in clinical excellence nationwide,” said Madeleine Biondolillo, Premier’s vice president of engagement and delivery. “Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg for their fantastic achievements.”

For Bill Downey, president and CEO of Riverside Health System, the award is a natural result of his team’s hard work.

“Caring for others as we would care for those we love is our mission, and we demonstrate that belief countless times each day through our actions,” he said. “I congratulate every team member of Doctors’ Hospital. They should be proud of this award; it is a testament to their undeniable level of commitment to the families and patients they serve.”

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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