MSHA receives national recognition in Becker's Hospital Review


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) has been included among the nation’s “100 Integrated Health Systems to Know” in the 2013 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review. Franklin Woods Community Hospital (FWCH) and MSHA chief financial officer Marvin Eichorn were also recognized on other national Becker’s lists 

The “100 Integrated Health Systems” list recognizes health systems that focus on the continuum of care, from wellness and preventive services to urgent care, inpatient care, outpatient care, hospice, health plan offerings and more. The chosen health systems have also demonstrated innovation through their participation in care and payment reform initiatives, such as accountable care organizations.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected these health systems based on rankings by health care analytics company IMS Health, as well as health systems’ financial, clinical and operational strength. The list is not an endorsement of the included health systems or associated with health care providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Here’s what Becker’s reported about MSHA:

“Mountain States Health Alliance encompasses 13 hospitals, 21 primary and preventive care centers, multiple outpatient care sites and a medical group with more than 250 providers. The system also includes Mountain States Healthcare Network, a group of more than 50 acute-care and long-term care providers with access to MSHA services, such as group purchasing, home health management and strategic planning support. MSHA also participates in an accountable care organization called AnewCare Collaborative.”

MSHA also received recognition on two other Becker’s lists:

  • Franklin Wood Community Hospital in Johnson City was listed among their “100 Great Community Hospitals.”
  • Eichorn, MSHA’s senior vice president and CFO, was listed as one of “125 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.”  

The “100 Great Community’s Hospital” list was based on hospitals’ quality of care and service to community. The hospitals listed have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the following hospitals have worked with limited resources to continually provide the quality of care and the experience patients expect.

Becker’s wrote about Franklin Woods, which opened in 2010: “The 80-bed hospital offers emergency care, cardiopulmonary and respiratory services, diagnostic imaging and surgery and other services. In April, Premier health alliance named FWCH a top performer in its QUEST quality initiative for meeting several of its performance goals. The hospital also received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013 and Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012 and 2013.”

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. Nominations for the list were also considered.

The “CFOs to Know” category listed people who help lead renowned tertiary centers, academic medical centers, community hospitals and health systems in all financial matters while balancing quality patient care and innovative healthcare reform strategies. The Becker’s editorial team used several resources to develop this list, including nominations, prior Becker's Review lists and input from industry experts.

They wrote about Eichorn: “Marvin Eichorn, Senior Vice President and CFO, has been part of MSHA since 1998. Mr. Eichorn was influential in MSHA’s acquisition of five community hospitals in Southwest Virginia throughout the past several years. Mr. Eichorn previously was with Covenant Health, based in Knoxville, Tenn.”

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, with information including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for hospital decision makers. Each issue reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

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