The Coleman Foundation awarded a grant of more than $542,000 to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to support a program aimed at making palliative care more accessible to patients facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The grant will be administered by Rush and will support the Chicagoland Palliative Medicine Physician Collective to develop the “Primary Palliative Care Education Program to Improve Access to Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer.”
Advocate Trinity Hospital, Chicago: The Trinity Wound Care Center in Chicago treated its first patient July 25. Candidates for treatment at the new center include those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that havent healed within 30 days.
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.: The American Heart Association announced that the medical center qualified for its Mission: Lifetime Gold Level Performance Achievement Award, because of the efforts of the campus clinical teams in improving the survival and care of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients, according to a news release. Advocate Christ also was named one of the nations Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2011 by The Joint Commission. The commission recognized the medical center for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. Specifically, Advocate Christ was cited for its quality achievements in surgical care and the treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.
Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation, Wheaton, Ill.: The facility received a zero deficiency report from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Just 8% of all nursing homes in Illinois achieve this score annually, according to a news release. The IDPH surveys Illinois 1,200 nursing homes each year to ensure they meet regulatory requirements. Wynscape is part of the Wyndemere Senior Living Community.
Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, Ill.: The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers announced that it recognized Silver Cross as a Hospital of Choice for 2012. This is the eighth time that Silver Cross has been recognized as such.
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Ill.: The “Feds Feed Families” food drive resulted in the collection of 10,015 pounds of food, which then was delivered to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. According to a news release, Hines was the No. 1 facility in Chicago in pounds collected.
Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital: The hospital received an Excellence in Patient Care award given by outcomes firm Studer Group. The hospital earned the award, which will be presented at the 10th annual Whats Right in Health Care conference in Nashville, Tenn., for its “doctor communication” ratings on the HCAHPS patient survey. HCAHPS, or Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, is a national standardized survey tool used to measure adult inpatient perception of the quality of care they receive at a given acute care hospital.