Aurora Medical Center receives high patient engagement ranking

By Rachel Italiano - Special to the Enterprise

July 17, 2014

SUMMIT - Aurora Medical Center in Summit ranks 10th nationally out of 100 hospitals recently listed as part of the inaugural Axial Exchange and Becker’s Hospital Review “National Patient Engagement Ranking.”

The report evaluated 3,077 provider organizations across the country and their patient engagement efforts. Specifically, health care providers were evaluated using publicly available information, including patient readmissions, patient satisfaction, and the extent to which an organization helps patients take an informed, active role with decision making in the type of care they receive.

“Engaging patients to be active participants in the type of care they receive is a critical component to delivering the best care possible,” said Michael Bergmann, president of Aurora Medical Center in Summit. “Aurora Medical Center in Summit is committed to educating patients and their families about available care options and to engaging patients in the decision-making process related to their care plans.”

According to a report issued earlier this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, people who are actively involved in their health care are the most likely to stay healthy, manage their conditions, and, potentially, have lower health care costs. The report also indicated that patients without the skills and confidence to manage their own health care incur costs of up to 21 percent higher than patients who are highly engaged in their care.