Edward earns re-accreditation from Joint Commission for safe, secure patient care. Read more.
Edward Hospital has earned full re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, effective through November 2012. Re-accreditation means Edward has met Joint Commission standards for hospital performance in specific areas and has ensured that patient care is provided in a safe manner and in a secure environment.
The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has accredited hospitals for more than 50 years. About 88 percent of the nation's 4,250 hospitals are currently accredited by The Joint Commission.
"We're proud to have earned The Joint Commission's re-accreditation," said Hoda Asmar, MD, vice president and chief medical officer of Edward Hospital. "It's a confirmation of our commitment to quality care, something that our employees deliver every day at Edward and, most importantly, means our patients are experiencing the best possible outcomes."
The Joint Commission's quality measures for Edward can be accessed via "How We Perform" page of Edward's Web site at www.edward.org/howweperform.
"How We Perform" is part of Edward's effort to make quality information easily available so people can make informed healthcare choices. Users can learn about Edward's performance in five key areas:
- How patients rank us. For example, Edward's emergency department is rated among the top one percent of the busiest hospital ERs in the nation for patient satisfaction according to a Press Ganey survey.
- Quality scorecards. Edward is ranked among national, state and regional leaders in 30-day risk adjusted survival rates for pneumonia, heart attack and heart failure according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- How we keep you safe. Edward nurses use procedures such as "Everybody Identifies" to remind staff to double-check the patient's identity before administering tests, medications or procedures. In addition, Edward's Bedside Medication Verification process uses bar codes to ensure patients receive the correct drug in the proper dosage at the appropriate time.
- Volumes. Edward treated more ER patients, delivered more babies and admitted more inpatients in fiscal year 2008 than any other hospital in the seven-county region outside Cook County.
- Awards/recognition. Edward is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, one of only two hospitals in DuPage County and the only one serving Will County to achieve the prestigious designation.
In addition, through its "Speak Up" initiative, Edward encourages patients and families to be actively involved in care before, during and after a patient's stay in order to promote patient safety. The program urges patients and family members to ask questions, ask for assistance and voice concerns to assist in infection control, medication safety, fall prevention and many other areas of patient care.
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