Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, Ill., has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Silver Cross Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, hospital programs, accreditation and certification services for The Joint Commission, which is based in Oak Brook, Ill. “Accreditation is a voluntary process, and I commend Silver Cross for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Silver Cross also has been recertified by the Illinois Department of Public Health with having an ED Approved for Pediatrics through 2014. This recognition identifies Silver Cross as a hospital that provides the necessary resources and capabilities to address the emergency needs of critically ill and injured children.
Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Ill.: Sherman has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.
The hospital also received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, which signifies Sherman has reached a goal of treating patients with heart failure with 85% compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.The family birthing suites at Morris (Ill.) Hospital were among several departments that received a 5-Star National Excellence in Healthcare Award for outstanding patient satisfaction. From left, hospital President and CEO Mark Steadham presented the award to healthcare professionals Theresa Whillock, Laura Lyle, Amanda Paul, Terri Wargo and Terra Schmoeger, with the help of Vice President of Patient Care Carol Havel.
In addition, Sherman has been honored with the AHA/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that patients who have suffered a stroke receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, Chicago: St. Bernard has received the 2011 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award, which makes it one of the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine care. St. Bernard has added several technology systems to its ED to improve patient safety and care in the past four years, including a computerized system that tracks patient records for future reference and a physician order entry system that allows medical orders to be placed from inside and outside the hospital.
Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers: The facilities received 11 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards from Professional Research Consultants for excellence in patient satisfaction. The awards are based on the percentage of patients who gave an “excellent” rating for overall quality of care on the 2010 patient surveys.
Morris Hospital received 5-Star awards for overall quality of care for Marseilles (Ill.) Healthcare Center, outpatient clinic; 2 East, inpatient medical/surgical; ED; outpatient surgery; 2 South, inpatient med/surg; family birthing suites, inpatient OB/GYN; endoscopy department, outpatient GI/endoscopy; laboratory services, outpatient laboratory; nursing, inpatient; and outpatient surgery. A 4-star honor was earned in outpatient overall quality of care.
The 5-Star awards are given to healthcare facilities or providers that score in the top 10% of PRC’s national client database, and 4-Star awards are given to providers in the top 25%.
Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.: Jill Braselton, RN, BSN, ThinkFirst chapter director from CDH, accepted the Chapter of the Year Award at the 2011 ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention in Denver in April.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation is a leading injury prevention foundation focused on education, research and policy. There are 135 chapters in the U.S. and 41 internationally.
“CDH’s chapter is the state chapter and training center for the eight Illinois chapters, as well as a national trainer,” said Debby Gerhardstein, RN, MA, national ThinkFirst Foundation executive director. “This is truly a model chapter for ThinkFirst chapters and injury prevention educators not only for Illinois, but throughout the U.S.”
Last year, CDH’s chapter celebrated its 20th year of sharing the injury prevention message throughout DuPage County. In the past school year, team members presented injury prevention programs to more than 11,500 students in fourth through 12th grades.
Unique to this chapter is that when first-graders complete the education program, they are measured and fitted with a new bike helmet for free. In the past year, more than 2,000 first-graders were fitted with new helmets thanks to corporate and community sponsors.