The hospitals of Community Healthcare System have been named among America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award®. The award signifies that for patient safety, Community Hospital, Munster, St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, are in the top 16 percent of 3,179 hospitals in the country.
Methodology used to select Community Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center among America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety is unique and specific to women. The rigorous process takes into consideration 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) measures of infection and complications; Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems’ (HCAHPS) survey results, along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.
“Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Donald P. Fesko, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc., parent company of Community Healthcare System. “It is all about providing the right care-the highest quality care-at the right time for every patient. We appreciate the hard work and commitment of our physicians and healthcare professionals that has made this recognition possible.”
To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area.
“Recipients of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety awards have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “This recognition is critical for wo-men as they make 80 percent of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves-and their family members-in safe hands.”
In addition to being chosen among America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, the hospitals of Community Healthcare System have received the following honors for 2018 from the Women’s Choice Award:
- America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery – Community Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center
- America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care – Community Hospital
- America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care – Community Hospital and St. Catherine Hospital
- America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics – Community Hospital
- America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics – St. Mary Medical Center
- America’s Best Stroke Centers – Community Hospital
For more information about the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, visit comhs.org. To learn more about America’s Best Hospitals and the Women’s Choice Award, visit www.womenschoiceaward.com.