American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Gold-Plus Target: Stroke Awards
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.
Get With The Guidelines®-American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation
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.
Women’s Choice Awards
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received the Women’s Choice Award® as an America’s Best Hospital for Orthopedics, and as an America’s Best Breast Center, acknowledging St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center‘s dedication to provide exceptional patient care and treatment. The awards are based on robust criteria that include patient satisfaction measurements as well as consideration of areas of clinical excellence.
Center of Excellence
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 condition.
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.
Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
St. Mary-Corwin’s Joint Replacement Center has been recognized national as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for expertise in delivering specialty care.
Blue Distinction Specialty+® Center for Maternity Care
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.