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A Historical Overview of Quality Initiatives at SwedishAmerican

1980s  |  1990s  |  2000s  |   2010s

"The very essence of our mission is to treat the patients we serve as we would want to be treated ourselves. In order for quality to have meaning we must hold ourselves accountable not only for the processes we measure, but for the outcome of our efforts. That continuous accountability for outcomes creates the environment for unremitting improvement in what we do. Our efforts are about doing the right thing for the patients, community and region we are privileged to serve."

Bill Gorski, M.D.
President and CEO
May 2010:
In May, HealthGrades', an independent study of women’s care at nearly 5,000 hospitals, finds SwedishAmerican to be ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation.

August 2010:
SwedishAmerican is the area’s first health system to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality in hip and knee replacement surgery.

September 2010:
SwedishAmerican Hospital becomes part of a 32 hospital collaborative with VHA for patient safety. The purpose of the collaborative is to increase knowledge, attitude and accountability for patient safety.

November 2010:
HealthGrades announces that SwedishAmerican Hospital is ranked among the top 10 percent of the nation for treatment of stroke.

January 2011:
Dr. Kathy Kelly announces the creation of a quality and safety taskforce that is made up of physician leaders from UW Health and SwedishAmerican Hospital.

March 2011:
SwedishAmerican joined our local patient safety organization, the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety. The purpose is to work with other healthcare organizations to identify and prevent patient safety events.

April 2011:
SwedishAmerican Health System, including SwedishAmerican Hospital, SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, SwedishAmerican Home Health, and SwedishAmerican Medical Group clinics, receives accreditation from the Joint Commission as a result of its demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission’s nationally recognized healthcare standards. The accreditation is effective for three years.

May 2011:
Through its affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican Health System becomes part of the University of Wisconsin Telestroke Network, which offers quick assessment and response to the medical emergency of stroke.

June 2011:
The SwedishAmerican Breast Health Center (part of the SwedishAmerican Center For Women) is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

June 2011:
SwedishAmerican was recertified by the Joint Commission for several disease specific certifications including Primary Stroke Center, hip replacement and knee replacement.

December 2011:
The Northern Illinois Patient Safety Collaborative is working on strategies for mandatory influenza vaccines for employees and physicians.

January 2012:
SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere (SAMCB) was surveyed by the Joint Commission on January 27, 2012, for its newest service, Outpatient Surgery. SAMCB was fully compliant with the Joint Commission and CMS surgical standards and therefore, maintains full accreditation..

November 2011:
E. Thomas Carey, Pharm D, Director of Pharmacy Services at SwedishAmerican Hospital, was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits for an innovative approach the pharmacy is using to improve employee safety and achieve significant cost savings. Carey demonstrated significant cost savings by reducing waste of certain medications with PhaSeal®, a “closed system transfer device” that was initially used to decrease employee exposure to hazardous medications prepared in the pharmacy.

January 2012:
SwedishAmerican Medical Group (SAMG) announced that four of its clinics (SAMG/Davis Junction, SAMG/Five Points, SAMG/Valley and SAMG/Woodside) received prestigious Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time.

February 2012:
SwedishAmerican Hospital announced that their application to become nationally accredited for paramedic education was accepted by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Currently, SwedishAmerican Hospital is one of two accredited programs in Illinois that offers an accredited associate degree option to its students.

February 2012:
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to SwedishAmerican Hospital’s cancer program.

March 2012:
SwedishAmerican Hospital’s Critical Care Units (CCU) expands bedside care with eICU, which offers patients an additional level of care through a unique program that links 30 CCU rooms with a UW Health e-Care of Wisconsin team of intensivist physicians and critical care nurses.

April 2012:
SwedishAmerican Hospital is the first facility in northern Illinois to offer anterior approach hip replacements—a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. Patient benefits associated with the anterior approach include the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.

July 2012:
SwedishAmerican Medical Group announced that all of its primary care clinics received prestigious Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Four of the organization's clinics initially received the recognition in February 2012, and this honor was bestowed upon SwedishAmerican’s remaining five primary care clinics, which include SwedishAmerican Medical Group/Belvidere, Byron, Marengo, Midtown and Roscoe.

July 2012:
SwedishAmerican Health System presents Henry C. Anderson Quality Awards to Dr. Prakash Pedapati and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team. Each was recognized for their contributions to the organization’s pursuit of quality excellence.

August 2012:
SwedishAmerican Hospital received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

September 2012:
Once again, SwedishAmerican Hospital earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in several areas of disease-specific care, including: Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Stroke Care. SwedishAmerican first received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care in 2008. Designation for total hip replacement and total knee replacement was first received in 2010.

September 2012:
SwedishAmerican Health System’s Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation department was re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SwedishAmerican was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

November 2012:
It also was in November that SwedishAmerican Hospital was awarded an “A” for patient safety by Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization.

December 2012:
SwedishAmerican Hospital’s Telestroke partner, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, joined an elite group as one of the first hospitals in the country to receive Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. UW Hospital provides stroke consultations to SwedishAmerican via The Wisconsin Telestroke Program.

May 2013:
SwedishAmerican Hospital was honored with its second consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

June 2013:
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer Dr. Kathleen Kelly was honored with the 2013 Dr. Henry C. Anderson Award for Quality. The award is the SwedishAmerican's highest expression of distinction for an individual’s contributions to the organization’s pursuit of quality excellence.

September 2013:
Once again, SwedishAmerican Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in several areas of disease-specific care, including: Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Stroke Care.

A major $4.6 million renovation of SwedishAmerican Hospital's Medical Imaging Department has been completed. Located on the second floor of the hospital, the department now offers remodeled office, patient and staff areas.

October 2013:
SwedishAmerican Hospital is among the first in the nation to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care for lung cancer.

November 2013
SwedishAmerican Hospital received a “3-star” rating for bypass surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals nationwide. For the time period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, nine hundred ninety eight (998) participants submitted data to STS. Approximately 15 percent of hospitals received the “3-star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. SwedishAmerican's performance for bypass surgery was found to lie in this highest quality tier.

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