Athens Regional, Guidehouse Performance Improvement Partnership Yields $15M Savings in First Year

Leaders worked across departments to achieve performance improvements

By Geoffrey P. Cole, MD, and DeeDee Risher, Athens Regional Health System; and Lisa M. Bragg, RN, BSN, CCSGB, Guidehouse

In 2014, Athens Regional Health System, one of northeast Georgia’s largest healthcare systems, was in the midst of evaluating its performance improvement efforts while launching a new electronic health record (EHR). The health system needed to identify performance improvement opportunities to help close a projected $29 million to $51 million gap and achieve its desired 5 percent margin.

Athens Regional partnered with Guidehouse to assess and implement performance improvement initiatives. Through the partnership, Athens Regional achieved $15 million in annual improvements in the first year. Additional results include: 


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