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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is a proud recipient of several quality distinctions by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. We received the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality and safety, and in November 2015, were recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Our campus was one of just 1,043 hospitals out of 3,300 facilities in the nation to be recognized with this distinction. To meet the criteria, St. Mary-Corwin had to achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures, and was recognized in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and stroke.
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received the Get With The
Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and has been recognized
as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll hospital by the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association. This is the second consecutive year
that St. Mary-Corwin has received this dual award.
St. Mary-Corwin earned these awards by implementing specific
quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association for the diagnosis and treatment of
stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and
risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving
the lives of stroke patients.
The Target: Stroke Honor Roll specifically awards hospitals
on reducing the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the
clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who receive this drug within
three hours of suffering a stroke and experiencing onset symptoms may recover
quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation. 2015 is the first year that St. Mary-Corwin has received this dual award.
St. Mary-Corwin earned this merit by implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. Guideline implementations include excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. Measures of excellence include an evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications, and utilization of aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Further, the award recognizes facilities that provide education on managing heart failures and overall health as well as scheduling follow-up visits and transition interventions.
This merit illustrates that hospitals that constantly follow Get with the Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and readmission rates.
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is the recipient of Center of
Excellence designations for obstetrics and cardiac care from Cigna. Cigna’s
program evaluates and recognizes hospitals with positive patient outcomes and
high cost-efficiency measures. Participating hospitals meeting specific quality
and cost-efficiency criteria are designated as a COE by procedure and
The Cigna Centers of Excellence program is designed to meet
the ever-growing consumer demand for tools and information on patient outcomes
and cost efficiency. Cigna has quality designations to indicate superior
patient outcomes based on treatment effectiveness.
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has been recognized as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Specialty+® Center for Maternity Care. This distinction is awarded to leading facilities across the nation that deliver quality, affordable maternity care. St. Mary-Corwin is among around 650 hospitals nationwide to be awarded this distinction.
As nearly four million babies are born annually in the U.S., childbirth remains the most common cause of hospitalization. The program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, facilities that promote successful breastfeeding, overall patient satisfaction, and other principles of evidence-based practices of care.
Research shows that, compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities.
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