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New Voorhees hospital's journey on the international stage

As more and more hospitals make the transition from shared hospital rooms, to an all-private room model, new research is being done to explore these transitions — looking at the best ways to plan them and how employees and patients deal with important infrastructure changes.

Kings College London, in collaboration with the Pebble Project for innovative healthcare design, chose Virtua Voorhees for its research because of the major physical and service delivery reconfiguration the hospital is undergoing. Voorhees is the only US hospital asked to participate.

So far, the King College London research team has visited Virtua twice and will be visiting again few months after occupancy. Results from the study will be available towards the end of 2011, with the research results reported in international peer-reviewed journals.

A national effort to transform patient hospital care
Every day, Virtua works tirelessly to improve patient safety and quality, while at the same time, reducing waste and inefficiency. We use the process-driven Lean methodology — a unique set of tools to streamline processes and eliminate unnecessary, time-consuming steps in clinical care.

Virtua is among the first in the country to use this process-driven design approach to care. And we are being recognized for it at the national level. The US government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), recently contracted with an independent, not-for-profit research organization, to identify the lessons, challenges, and outcomes of implementing Lean in a number of diverse healthcare settings. Of the 13 case studies, five include Virtua. The study will examine clinical case studies and include interviews, digital diaries, site visits, and collection of documentation.

The results of the study will put Virtua’s processes on the national map.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.