November 17, 2010
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Tuality Community Hospital was honored recently for receiving near-perfect scores in 10 quality measures of care for surgical patients as part of an Acumentra Health quality initiative.
Tuality is one of 11 Oregon hospitals working with Acumentra’s Surgical Care Improvement Project/Heart Failure (SCIP/HF) initiative to improve specific measures of clinical care aimed at preventing infections after surgery and avoiding hospital readmissions after treatment for heart failure.
During first quarter of 2010, after more than two years involved in SCIP/HF, Tuality’s results were 99.25 percent compliance with every measure for every patient.
Examples of the quality indicators measured include timely use of antibiotics, maintaining normal body temperature and blood sugar levels, prompt removal of urinary catheters after surgery, among many others.
Ruth Medak, M.D., FACP, associate medical director, Acumentra Health, said the Tuality scores were the highest in the state among participating medium and large hospitals. “This accomplishment is the result of determination and teamwork from leadership, physicians and staff,” she said at a recent meeting of Tuality Healthcare’s board of directors. “It is quite a distinction. You should be proud; you’ve done a fabulous job.”
“Quality is one of Tuality’s core values and our top organizational goal,” said Dick Stenson, president & CEO, Tuality Healthcare. “We’re understandably thrilled with this recognition as a reflection of the achievements of our staff and physicians, which is based on their commitment every day to provide our patients with quality care and experiences.”
Acumentra reported that in total, hospitals participating in the SCIP/HF “9th Scope of Work” initiative improved their aggregate performance for eight of the measures by an average of 15 percentage points, exceeding the target performance criteria set by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The SCIP/HF initiative is part of Acumentra’s work as a contracted “quality improvement organization” with CMS. Acumentra is a physician-sponsored, nonprofit organization that works with healthcare providers, Medicare beneficiaries, and the public to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare.