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Temecula Valley Hospital receives two 2019 Women's Choice Award Achievements as 'One of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety' and 'One of America's Best Stroke Centers'

 

Last updated 3/8/2019 at 12:15am



TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital has been named “One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety” and “One of America’s Best Stroke Centers” by the Women’s Choice Award. The award signifies that Temecula Valley Hospital is in the top 8 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals for patient safety and is in the top 9 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60 percent of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Most alarming, the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed.

“Timely diagnosis and effective care are critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery,” Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, said. “Our award educates women about where they – and their loved ones – have the best chance to return to a full life following a stroke.”

A stroke center must be certified by the Joint Commission Stroke Certification Program as an advanced primary stroke center or advanced comprehensive stroke center to be considered for the award. It is the only award recognizing excellence in stroke care based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The methodology used to select Temecula Valley Hospital as “One of America’s Best Stroke Centers” evaluates 30-day stroke mortality and readmission rates and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results along with primary research about women’s health care preferences.  Hospitals must also score in the top 80 percent of all hospitals in the following areas: the percent of patients receiving head CT scan results within 45 minutes and the percent of patients receiving fibrinolytic therapy.

Health care has made significant strides in patient safety in recent years. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 21 percent from 2010 to 2015, resulting in 125,000 fewer patient deaths according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospital-acquired conditions are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else.

The methodology used to select Temecula Valley Hospital as “One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety” evaluates 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infections and complications, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results along with primary research about women’s health care preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. 

To receive the award, hospitals must also use an inpatient safe surgery checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: before administration of anesthesia; before skin incision and before the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area. 

“The recipients of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives,” Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, said. “This recognition is critical for women as they make 80 percent of health care decisions and need to know they are putting themselves – and their family members – in safe hands.”

Temecula Valley Hospital is one of 439 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for stroke care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award, and one of 399 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award. 

“We are extremely proud to be awarded these two elite achievements of being named ‘One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety’ and ‘One of America’s Best Stroke Centers,’” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “Our staff and physicians provide high standards of care to the community, and we demonstrate patient safety in everything we do at Temecula Valley Hospital.”

The Women’s Choice Award is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart health care choices by identifying the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award has been honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for three consecutive years. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more.

Temecula Valley Hospital brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents. The hospital features 140 private patient rooms; emergency care featuring ER Reserve; advanced cardiac and stroke care; orthopedics; and general and surgical specialties. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and five consecutive “A” grades for patient safety in fall 2018, spring 2018, fall 2017, spring 2017 and fall 2016. The hospital also recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Certification for hip and knee replacement, 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare Rating, the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation, the honor of the Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces 2017 and 2018, has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment-including cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm programs and cardiac surgery.  For more information, visit http://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.

 

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