St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes
the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke
treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines
based on the latest scientific evidence.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality
measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival
at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen
activator, or tPA. If given intravenously in the first three hours after
the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce
the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Earns Recognition
St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart
Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific
quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American
College of Cardiology Foundation.
To earn this award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher compliance
with all Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Achievement Measures
and 75 percent or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines®-Heart
Failure Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years to improve
quality of patient care and outcomes.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program
that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards
with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions
for heart failure patients.
St. Joseph Earns Magnet® Recognition for Third Time
St. Joseph Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition as
part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet
Recognition Program®. It is the third straight time St. Joseph has
earned this recognition. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals
recognizes excellence in nursing and it is the highest honor an organization
can receive for professional nursing practice.
St. Joseph Earns Recognition for Cardiac Care
St. Joseph Heart Center has earned the American College of Cardiology’s
Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015.
St. Joseph is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes St. Joseph’s commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that
it has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard
levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American
Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
St. Joseph Earns Chest Pain Accredition
St. Joseph Medical Center has earned full accreditation with percutaneous
coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient
Care. St. Joseph undertook a rigorous evaluation and refinement of heart
care processes in order to integrate the industry’s best practices
into its cardiac care services. To qualify for the PCI designation, a
hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient
care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and have
an on-site evaluation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
St. Joseph Honored for Higher Standards for Cardiac Care
St. Joseph Medical Center is among only 256 hospitals nationwide to be
honored for their commitment to implement higher standards of care for
heart attack patients, saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack
patients in our community. The award recognizes St .Joseph's commitment
and success in implementing higher standards of care for heart attack
patients and reaching an aggressive goal of treating these patients to
standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology
and American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Stroke Center at St. Joseph Medical Center Earns Award
St. Joseph Medical Center has again earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
This award recognizes St. Joseph's commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment
according to nationally accepted guidelines.
This is the second time the Stroke Center has earned the award. To earn
the award, St. Joseph achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two
or more consecutive 12-month intervals.
Breast Center Earns Women's Choice Award
St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Women’s Choice Award as
one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication
to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the evidence-based
designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, The Breast Center
at St. Joseph has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate
the patient experience for women and all patients as one of more than
315 America’s Best Breast Centers.
Breast Center Accreditation
The Breast Center at St. Joseph Medical Center has earned accreditation
by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation
by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed
to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a
rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
The Breast Center at St. Joseph Medical Center has been designated as a
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology
(ACR). This prestigious designation means the Breast Center at St. Joseph
has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and
breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
The Stroke Center at St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal
of Approval from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
The certification program is based on the recommendations for Primary Stroke
Centers established by the
Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. Stroke programs
earning the Gold Seal of Approval must meet core measures shown to significantly
CT, MRI and Ultrasound Accreditation
St. Joseph Medical Center’s Radiology department has earned a three-year
accreditation for computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) and ultrasound from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
St. Joseph undertook an intensive evaluation process, which included rigorous
peer-review conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists
who are experts in the field to ensure the medical center complies with
strict criteria in areas such as staff credentials, image quality, equipment
standards and quality control. Accreditation from the ACR represents the
highest level of imaging and patient safety.
St. Joseph Medical Center Ranked Among Top 30 in Nation by Joint Commission
The Joint Commission scored St. Joseph in the top 30 hospitals across Missouri
and the nation for quality and safety.
Each quarter the Joint Commission assesses risks at accredited hospitals
using a tool called the Strategic Surveillance (S3). S3 scores are determined
for each hospital by reviewing core measures, past citations, MSDRGs,
complications, mortality rates and patient satisfaction scores. The lower
the S3 score, the better a hospital’s performance. For fourth quarter
2009, St. Joseph’s cumulative S3 score was 86, placing the Medical
Center in the top 30.
Stroke Center Awarded Certification from Joint Commission
St. Joseph Medical Center received certification as a Primary Stroke Center
from the Joint Commission. This certification recognizes that St. Joseph’s
Stroke Center follows national standards and guidelines published by the
Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association to significantly
improve outcomes for stroke patients. As a certified Primary Stroke Center,
St. Joseph’s has demonstrated excellence for the past three years
in consistently meeting National Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures.