TO RECEIVE ACHE'S HAYHOW AWARD
February 17, 2003John R. Griffith, FACHE, and Jeffrey A. Alexander,
Ph.D., are the winners of the American College of Healthcare Executives
2003 Edgar C. Hayhow Award for their article "Measuring Comparative Hospital
article appeared in the January/February 2002 issue of the Journal
of Healthcare Management.
award will be presented on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the Malcolm T.
MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during the American College of
Healthcare Executives 46th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton
grants the Hayhow Award annually to the author(s) of an article judged
the best from among those published in the Journal of Healthcare Management,
ACHE's official journal.
in honor of ACHE's 14th Chairman, the Edgar C. Hayhow Award recognizes
outstanding contributions to healthcare management literature. The article
was selected by ACHE's Article of the Year Awards Committee.
In their article, Griffith and Alexander describe a study that evaluates
the effectiveness of the "balanced scorecard" method of performance measurement
now used by many healthcare providers. The method involves developing
and comparing a set of organizational performance measures against competitors
and the general healthcare field-as well as against organizational benchmarks-to
assess effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. The authors evaluated
a set of nine hospital performance measures derived from Medicare reports:
cash flow, asset turnover, mortality, complications, length of inpatient
stay, cost per case, occupancy, change in occupancy, and percent of revenue
from outpatient care. Each measure was examined for content validity,
reliability and sensitivity, validity of comparison, and independence.
and Alexander's study found that seven of the nine performance measures
were acceptable measures; that is, the measures indicate relative performance
on important objectives, and can be used by hospital boards to identify
and prioritize areas for improvement. The authors conclude that a Medicare-based
measurement set can help most hospitals achieve their organizational goals
by suggesting realistic improvement opportunities.
certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Griffith is an
ACHE Gold Medal Award winner; this is the second time he has received
the Hayhow Award. Griffith is Andrew Pattullo Collegiate Professor and
Alexander is Richard C. Jelinek Professor of Healthcare Management and
Policy at The University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.
Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426