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PBS documentary sites local healthcare organizations as national model

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Monday, February 20, 2012
Everett, WA: "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," a one hour documentary about communities able to provide high quality healthcare at costs far below the national average, features several organizations from the Puget Sound region.

The film premiered on PBS stations across the country and aired locally on PBS affiliate, KCTS Channel 9.
 
Online Video: View  "U.S. Health Care: The Good News"

In the documentary, journalist T.R. Reid travels the United States to report on communities that serve as an example for reducing healthcare costs while placing renewed emphasis on patient care. Of the four geographic areas chosen for the film, two are in the Puget Sound Region; Seattle and Everett. The film highlights the simple and seemingly intuitive principles that some local organizations have adopted to make major impacts. The documentary cites these organizations as the “how-to” model for other American communities looking to make similar changes.

T. R. Reid is a longtime reporter with The Washington Post, commentator on National Public Radio, and bestselling author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. This is his second documentary film.

"U.S. Health Care: The Good News," recognizes these local healthcare organizations for their extraordinary efforts to improve the healthcare system for patients: 
  • The Everett Clinic, for its commitment to lower the cost of care by 25% over the next five years. 
  • Group Health Cooperative, for pioneering the patient-centered Medical Home concept to improve primary care and empower patients to take charge of their health. 
  • Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, for its innovative blood conservation program to reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions. 
  • Premera Blue Cross, for initiating collaborative efforts to control costs and improve quality, including sharing data to reduce prescription costs.
About The Everett Clinic: The Everett Clinic is a physician-owned and nationally recognized healthcare leader, providing many of the most highly trained physicians and advanced technologies available in the region. The large physician team of more than 300 doctors in 40 diverse specialties includes a majority of specialists who are fellowship trained. The Clinic has been recognized nationally with numerous grants and awards for providing high quality healthcare.

About Group Health Cooperative: Marking its 65th year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of almost 663,000 plan members in Washington and Idaho. More than 9,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Physicians, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical centers, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center.

About Providence Regional Medical Center Everett: Providence Regional Medical Center is a tertiary referral center serving five counties with comprehensive, not-for-profit, mission-based health care. In addition to its award-winning cardiac services, critical care and vascular care, Providence Regional Medical Center provides general medical and surgical care, and specialized treatment in areas such as oncology, diagnostic imaging, newborn intensive care, orthopedics, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, trauma, and pediatrics. Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has two campuses in Everett.

About Premera Blue Cross: Premera Blue Cross is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to more than 1.4 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Premera is committed to providing its members peace of mind about their healthcare coverage. The company offers innovative health and wellness solutions focused on quality outcomes for patients and controlling costs. Premera Blue Cross, which has operated in Washington since 1933, is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.