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Edward, Elmhurst Mem. recognized for cardiac care.

Trib Local/Naperville (Edward/Elmhurst media release):

Edward, Elmhurst Memorial recognized for quality in cardiac care
Posted by Edward Hospital, Community Contributor
July 15, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has recognized Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as among the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+ Cardiac Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare recently merged to create one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois.

“We are proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for meeting the rigorous cardiac care selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Pamela Dunley, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. “Although our door-to-balloon times are far better than the national average and our patient safety and quality scores are outstanding, our award winning cardiology services will continue to find new ways to improve in order to provide only the highest level of quality care to all our patients.”

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement) and, additionally, must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers. Only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measures are considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

The health system created by the merger of Edward and Elmhurst Memorial provides comprehensive healthcare to 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago – it includes three hospitals, 50 locations, 7,700 employees, 1,700 staff physicians and 1,700 volunteers.

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, founded in 1926, opened a new, 866,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in 2011, with 259 private patient rooms, a modern emergency department and technologically advanced surgical suites.

Edward Hospital in Naperville, established in 1907, has 309 private patient rooms and offers advanced cardiac care at Edward Heart Hospital, the most up-to-date cancer diagnosis and treatment at Edward Cancer Center and world class stroke care through the Edward Neurosciences Institute.

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward’s Naperville campus with outpatient locations in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Woodridge and Yorkville.

Learn more about Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.


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