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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Peachtree Christian Hospice honors Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. - Gwinnett Daily Post | Read more
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Peachtree Christian Hospice honors Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. - Gwinnett Daily Post
?Peachtree Christian Hospice presented Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Norcross-based PruittHealth, with the prestigious Scott Hudgens "Good and Faithful Servant" Award at its 12th Annual Benefit, Gala and Awards Dinner held on May 1 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
In keeping with the immense benevolence of the late developer and philanthropist, D. Scott Hudgens, Jr., his unselfish spirit of caring for other people, and a genuine interest in the community, Pruitt
exemplified these award attributes through his many accomplishments and impeccable quality standards to improve the delivery of health care services at the local, state, and national levels.
"We were so proud to pay tribute to Neil
at our recent Gala.
has been an extraordinary leader in the health care industry with a profound commitment to caring.
For these reasons, and much more, Peachtree Christian Hospice has enjoyed an unparalleled partnership with Neil and PruittHealth," PCH Board Chair and President Martha S. Todd said.
acceptance remarks, Pruitt
dedicated employees and asked those present to stand and be recognized.
"This gala was an exceptional night to remember especially for the privilege of presenting Neil
with this important award, to have Cole and Nancy be award co-presenters, and to have Emily share her hospice testimonial," Todd said.
Georgia Regents Health System Board of Directors
Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive officer of PruittHealth, Inc.
(formerly known as UHS-Pruitt Corporation) is an integrated health care company offering independent and assisted living, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, home health and hospice care as well as pharmacy services, community-based services, medical supplies and care management.
As a past Chair of both the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association
and the Board of Directors of the Georgia Health Care Association
, Regent Pruitt
is a recognized leader in the health care profession as shown by his
February, 2013 Congressional appointment to the Commission for Long Term Care
He currently serves as a Board Member of the American Health Care Association, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the PruittCares Foundation.
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of the South
He was awarded a Master's of Business Administration and a Master's of Health Administration from Georgia State University in 2000.
wife, Mebane, have three children.
"We are extremely pleased to serve ...
"We are extremely pleased to serve the home health needs of North Carolina, providing the complete continuum of quality care with the addition of a PruittHealth Home Health location in North Carolina," said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman & C.E.O. of PruittHealth.
It is an honor to have ...
It is an honor to have their continuous commitment to caring and to quality recognized among their peers," said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and C.E.O. of PruittHealth.Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
he program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
For Neil Pruitt Jr., ...
For Neil Pruitt Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of PruittHealth based in Norcross, Ga., near Atlanta, even if providers are taken kicking and screaming into the new payment world, there is no other option but to relent and plan ahead.
Neil Pruitt Jr
."We don't like what is happening, but it is happening whether we like or not, and we have to respond to it," he
And so PruittHealth
The company, which serves 24,000 patients on any given day in 97 centers across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, is taking part in the evolution of the health care payment system by branching out into new areas, like assuming the role of a health insurer to better coordinate care for patients and grow its business within a new risk model.
"What we are seeing obviously is there is more ACO penetration and more narrow networks, and a lot them are narrowing their networks based on the CMS Five-Star rankings," Pruitt
The MA SNP is actively marketed for select PruittHealth
centers now, but will expand to all facilities in 2017, Pruitt
"Our patients within our centers have to be dually eligible.
They sign up for the plan and get extra services, such as a nurse practitioner coordinator.
We're seeing that coordination of care has really helped our readmission rates."
says the company's goal is to a have a nurse practitioner plan service at all of its facilities.
"This puts the provider-in this case us-in charge of the care," he
"There are risks and rewards with that, but we have seen good outcomes so far, and we anticipate this as a net positive for us."
own company, Pruitt
expects other SNF operators to offer similar health plans in the near future, with the focus on coordination of care via the nurse practitioner model.
As for how this new model changes relationships with the hospital systems that Pruitt
does business with, it has been a plus in his
"We are hand in hand together.
By having this robust nurse practitioner program, we are going to be able to address more of the patient's needs at the facility level.
When hospitals look at quality metrics, like cost per Medicare beneficiary, we are going to prove that our metrics are much better than the competition," Pruitt
The Premier health plan just adds to the other measures already in place to improve quality and put more highly skilled staff in action to handle complex patients.
"Premier allows us to be successful in other programs," he
This sentiment is echoed by Pruitt
, who says PruittHealth
is seeing some health systems managing care for insurance plans, notably in North Carolina, acting to keep more of the bundle for the hospital.
"They definitely are skipping the [post-acute care] providers," he
says, "but this is where we believe we need to manage the care, because we believe when you go to a SNF you have better outcomes, versus we send you home and you may or may not do the rehab prescribed for and don't do the therapy and don't get the outcome."