Tuality Honored for Quality of Heart Failure Patient Care

January 25, 2011

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Tuality Community Hospital was honored recently by Acumentra Health for the quality of care it provides for inpatients diagnosed with heart failure.

The award was based on data showing 95 percent of all Tuality heart failure patients treated during the second quarter of 2010 received care that incorporated four nationally recognized quality measures.

The Tuality score was the second highest among 11 Oregon hospitals participating in the Acumentra Health heart failure quality initiative.

The four heart failure care measures include performing a specific evaluation of the heart’s pumping efficiency, assessing and documenting potential medication needs, providing patients with detailed post-discharge instructions, and offering cessation counseling for patients who are smokers.

The award for Tuality comes on the heels of another Acumentra Health honor received in November acknowledging the organization’s near-perfect scores in 10 quality measures of care for surgical patients.

“Tuality continues to show a tremendous focus on high quality standards,” said Ruth Medak, M.D., FACP, associate medical director, Acumentra Health. “Reaching this level of performance takes an energetic and coordinated effort between management and clinical staff, and all are to be congratulated for their excellent work.”

Dick Stenson, president & CEO, Tuality Healthcare, agreed. “This is a team effort that involves people from many areas of our organization. I want to applaud our staff for a job well done, and for their ongoing efforts to provide exceptional quality and service for our patients.”

The hospital heart failure treatment initiative is part of Acumentra Health’s work as a contracted Quality Improvement Organization for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Acumentra Health is a physician-sponsored nonprofit organization that works with healthcare providers, Medicare beneficiaries, and the public to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care.

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