From near-bankruptcy to top of the heap: Garden City Hospital receives
prestigious national award
SAN DIEGO, CA — Michigan’s Garden City Hospital received the
prestigious Everest Award this past Thursday, June 6, which recognizes
an overall improvement over a five-year period and is given to just 13
The hospital, which nearly went bankrupt prior to joining Prime Healthcare
in 2014, has staged a dramatic comeback under CEO Saju George and the
rest of its leadership team.
“Dr. Prem Reddy and Prime Healthcare laid the foundation for success
and with the transformative leadership of Mr. Saju George as its CEO,
we transformed to be a vibrant and thriving community hospital,”
said Garden City Hospital Board Chairman Osama Siblani, who is also the
publisher of The Arab American News. “We are so grateful and proud
of everyone involved.”
The hospital had struggled to continue operations prior to Prime Healthcare’s
takeover, but has rebounded in a big way. It was also named one of the
nation’s top 100 hospitals by IBM Watson Health, an advanced national
health technology organization.
Winners of the award, including Garden City Hospital, were able to deliver
a balanced scorecard demonstrating exemplary performance on clinical,
operational, financial and patient perception measures, including a five-year
trend for performance compared to peers.
The annual studies have been shining a spotlight on outstanding achievements
of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations since 1993.
Garden City Hospital is the only hospital in Wayne County to earn this
distinction in 2019. The hospital has improved its ER “door to discharge”
time by 75 percent since 2013.
It has also improved cost-effectiveness and has invested $15 million in
technology improvements, upgrades and expansions, with an additional $20
million planned to go towards future growth.
The hospital’s heart program is also being expanded, with a new cardiac
catheterization lab being added later this year.
“Garden City Hospital became a part of Prime Healthcare family in
2014, said George, who is also regional CEO for Prime Healthcare. “During
this five-year period, our top priority has been improving patient care.
We relentlessly focused our efforts on process improvements, clinical
outcomes and patient satisfaction while keeping costs competitive for
our customers. This truly reflects the entire hospital team’s effort
and we are so grateful and proud of everyone involved.”
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