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Awards, Accreditations and Certifications

Awards, Accreditations and Certifications

St. Mary Medical Center is is licensed for 374 beds by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Joint Commission.

2014 Awards

June

St. Mary Medical Center is a recipient of the ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The NCDR Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizes ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90% or better in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2013.

May

St. Mary achieved the Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center- GOLD Level Recognition Award. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart-attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. STEMI refers to a finding on an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) that indicates a blockage to a coronary artery and potential damage to the heart muscle. 

The St. Mary Trauma Program and the BrainSTEPS program from the Bucks County IU have been selected as the winner of the National Safe States Alliance 2013 Innovative Initiatives Award for their Bucks County Comprehensive Concussion Program. Safe States recognizes evaluated and evidence based programs across the country to prevent Violence and Injury.

March
St. Mary tops the list in two key categories of Greater Philadelphia Media’s Job Trends “Best Places to Work 2014”: Best Hospital and Best Employer Overall in Pennsylvania.

St. Mary was voted a Beauty and Wellness Hospital Winner by the Bucks Happening List.

February

St. Mary
was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

2013 Awards

November

St. Mary received the Gift of Life Award, which recognizes hospitals who have achieved a 75 percent organ donation conversion rate or hospitals who have dramatically improved their performance.  

October

St. Mary was voted the “Best of Bucks” by Bucks County Courier Times readers. Voting was done by the community through both online and paper balloting.

St. Mary was recognized by the Bucks County Courier Times as the “Best of Bucks 2013” winner for best Hospital. Voting was done by the community through both online and paper balloting.  

St. Mary was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, in its annual report, “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013.” For the second consecutive year, St. Mary was recognized in the categories of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

St. Mary continues to earn national recognition and accreditation for demonstrating excellence in clinical quality —from the Joint Commission and from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Healthgrades named St. Mary Medical Center as a Joint Replacement Excellence Award winner for 2014. The St. Mary Joint Replacement Center ranks St. Mary among the top 10 percent of all such centers in the nation for hip and knee procedures.

September

St. Mary was designated by Independence Blue Cross as a Blue Distinction Center + for Cardiac Care.

The St. Mary Breast Center was recertified for the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). The MQSA requires all U.S. mammography facilities to meet uniform quality and safety standards to ensure that women receive access to high-quality mammography for early detection of breast cancer.

August

St. Mary is named one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the nation, according to the 15th annual Healthcare Most Wired Survey by Hospital & Health Networks magazine.

May

The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) presented St. Mary with a certificate of recognition for providing quality patient care. About 15 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned quality respiratory care recognition from the AARC.

March  

St. Mary was recognized as the Jobs Now! Best Places To Work – Best Hospital, Best Employer Overall, and Best Employer Entry-Level from the Bucks County Courier Times, Intelligencer, and Burlington County Times.

2012 Awards

September

St. Mary has been recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™. The program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain & sustain excellence in accountability measure performance. In achieving this recognition, we were among the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2011.

St. Mary has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012 – one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that St. Mary has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

June

St. Mary received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus-Target Honor Roll from the American Stroke Association for achieving 85-percent or higher adherence for all stroke performance achievement indicators for conssecutive 12 month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance with at least 6 of 10 stroke quality measures to improve quality patient care and outcomes, in addition to achieving door-to-needle times of less than 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of applicable patients (minimum of 6) in one calendar year.

St. Mary was recognized as the “Best of Bucks 2012” winner in both the Hospital and Walk-in Emergency Care (Emergency Department) categories. Voting was done by the community through both online and paper balloting.

April

St. Mary was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's Top-25 Health Systems and Hospitals List, achieving 14th place in the ranking.

St. Mary has been selected as a winner of the 2012 Healthy Communities Achievement Award by the Healthy Communities Institute for successful use of the Promising Practices database to improve the health of the community, and increase collaboration with local health agencies.

March

St. Mary topped the list in three key categories of Greater Philadelphia Media’s Job Trends Best Places to Work 2012: Best Hospital - Pennsylvania, Best Employer for Entry Level, and Best Employer Overall in Pennsylvania.

St. Mary received the Aetna Institutes of Quality recognition for cardiac medical interventions and cardiac surgery designations for meeting certain requirements for clinical quality, value and access.

February

St. Mary received the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for 2012 from the American Heart Association (AHA). This recognition signifies that we reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85-percent compliance for at least two years to core standards outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines.

2012 Highlights

October

St. Mary Regional Trauma Center officially marks its 25th Anniversary of service to the community with its recent reaccreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation (PTSF). Effective for three years, the aggressive accreditation review ensures that optimum care is being provided for critically injured patients. St. Mary is the only accredited Trauma Center in Bucks County and one of only 30 accredited Trauma Centers in the commonwealth.

August

Neurosurgeons at St. Mary Medical Center now have a new way to treat large brain aneurysms that once were considered very risky to treat with traditional methods. Neurosurgeon Pascal Jabbour implanted a Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) to treat a giant aneurysm in the brain of 70-year-old woman.

March

St. Mary Medical Center became the first Neurosciences Center in the tri-state area to use the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device, after it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) approval on March 6, 2012. The device was used to retrieve a blood clot in the brain of an 84-year-old man suffering a major stroke. The Solitaire device is the latest generation in clot-retrieval systems and has demonstrated that it is significantly more effective than previous devices.

2012 Accreditations

August

The St. Mary MRI deparment received a three-year accreditation from the American Colleague of Radiology for Breast MRI. Receipt of this accreditation was based on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, MR safety policies and image quality. 

June

The St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Center in Bensalem has earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which the Sleep/Wake Disorders Center on the hospital campus earned in 2008. This quality distinction demonstrates that the St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Centers meet or exceed national quality standards that can significantly improve outcomes for patients suffering from sleep/wake disorders.

2011 Awards

December

The St. Mary Medical Center website received a first place Pepperpot Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). St. Mary received the award during the 43rd annual Philadelphia Pepperpot & Achievement Awards, held on Tuesday, December 6, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

November

Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that St. Mary has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

August

St. Mary qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart-attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. STEMI refers to a finding on an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) that indicates a blockage to a coronary artery and potential damage to the heart muscle. 

May

The St. Mary website received national recognition by winning Silver in the 13th annual web health awards. The competition recognizes the best digital health resources in the nation, and St. Mary was honored in the Hospital/Healthcare System category.

April

The St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center was honored by Diversified Clinical Services with a Center of Distinction Award. To achieve the award, the Wound Center had to demonstrate overall patient satisfaction of at least 90 percent, a high success rate in healing wounds; as well as achieving those healing rates within an effective time frame of less than 30 days -- for 12 consecutive months.

March

St. Mary Medical Center was named Best Hospital by the Greater Philadelphia Media’s Job Trends Best Places to Work. St. Mary colleagues nominated and voted for the medical center through an online survey sponsored by the Bucks County Courier Times.

St. Mary Medical Center was recognized by the Health Care Improvement Foundation as one of the top-10 Delaware Valley Safety Award Recipients. The award was presented as a result of the implementation of the Positive Patient Lab Specimen Identification System - Mobilab.

2011 Highlights

July

St. Mary Medical Center broke ground for an expansion and redesign of its Emergency Department and Trauma Center that will transform the way emergency care is provided to the community. While experiencing double-digit growth in the Emergency Department in each of past three years, patient satisfaction scores remain in the 90th to 95th percentile. The new expansion and redesign will provide the ability to care for up to 100,000 people annually - nearly double the current capacity - to help meet the increasing need in the region for prompt and advanced emergency care.

June

St. Mary Medical Center recently received designation as a NICHE site. NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is a national designation indicating a hospital's commitment to elder-care excellence.  As part of NICHE requirements, St. Mary demonstrates a commitment to provide patient-center care for older adults. Geriatric excellence offers evidence-based interdisciplinary approaches that promote positive experiences for older adults.

February

St. Mary Medical Center is among the first in the nation to implant the newly FDA-approved pacing system considered safe for patients undergoing an MRI scan. The SureScanTM Pacing System was implanted into the chest of an 80-year-old patient with a history of atrial fibrillation and a slow heartbeat. 

2011 Accreditations

December

Nuclear Medicine and positron emmision tomography (PET)  were granted three-year accreditations from the American Colleege of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

September

The echocardiography lab was granted a three-year term of re-accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

June

The Breast Center at St. Mary Medical Center received a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with quality standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.

March

The laboratory at St. Mary Medical Center was awarded a two-year re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The CAP accreditation is the gold standard measuring excellence in safe and accurate testing. 

January

The St. Mary Breast Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), recognized for ACR accreditation for mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, as well as for achieving high practice standards in personnel qualifications, equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

2010 Highlights

January

St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center opens in the Cornerstone Executive Suites, just off Woodbourne Road in Langhorne. The 5,000-square-foot center is one of the first comprehensive wound care centers in Bucks County to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

March

LIFE St. Mary, a program to help frail older adults live independently in the community, began to serve the Lower Bucks County community on March 1. LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) has a center in Trevose, where seniors receive comprehensive healthcare and nutritious meals, and can participate in recreational activities.

St. Mary introduces the da Vinci Si HD® Surgical System, the most advanced version of the high-tech robotic unit.

St. Mary begins to remodel 24 private Mother/Baby suites, with special area for newborn and a comfortable, homelike feel.

June

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation program expands and moves therapy gym to same floor as inpatient unit, strengthening continuum of care and enhancing convenience for patients. Spacious, brightly lit area also includes two cognition suites, recreational therapy, kitchen, and patient dining room.

St. Mary acquires new nuclear medicine camera allowing faster scan times, higher quality images, and greater accessibility to cardiac studies.

St. Mary Regional Cancer Center partners with Gilda's Club of Delaware Valley to provide support for cancer patients and families. St. Mary is the first offsite location and first hospital affiliation for Gilda's Club Delaware Valley.

September

A second location for St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Center opens in Bensalem. New four-bed facility offers full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.

October

St. Mary is among the first hospitals in the nation to use AtriClip Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System to protect patients from complications related to atrial fibrillation.

December

St. Clare Pharmacy opens in the concourse of the St. Clare Medical Building, providing a convenient location to quickly fill prescriptions and purchase over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products.

2010 Accreditations

December

St. Mary Medical Center recently earned approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) - a distinction bestowed upon the best cancer program in the United States.

2010 Awards

January

St. Mary Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Independence Blue Cross. To earn this distinction, facilities must meet rigorous criteria.

March

St. Mary Medical Center is named the region's top workplace. St. Mary was ranked number one in three categories - Overall Job Satisfaction, Best Hospital, and Best Employer Overall - in the Greater Philadelphia Media's "Job Trends Best Places to Work 2010."

April

St. Mary earns 2009 Morehead Workplace of Distinction award for consistently achieving high marks in colleague satisfaction. The national award, presented by Moorhead Associates, recognized our 2009 Colleague Pulse Survey results, which placed St. Mary in the top 6 percent in the nation.

May

St. Mary Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Independence Blue Cross. To earn this distinction, facilities must meet rigorous criteria.

St. Mary Medical Center earns the prestigious Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. Mary's success in caring for heart failure patients in accordance with evidence-based guidelines. 

June

St. Mary earns Healthy Workplace Award from Philadelphia Business Journal and UnitedHealthcare for innovative Make Every Day About Living (MEDAL) Colleague Wellness Program.

St. Mary recognized with a 2010 Pyramid Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for our H1N1 crisis communications plan.

August

St. Mary is the grand-prize award winner in the Aetna Health Connections Get Active! Corporate Challenge, a four-week wellness competition that monitored exercise, walking and weight loss through Aetna's Get Active! Online program.

September

St. Mary Medical Center is one of 100 organizations in the nation selected as "Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2010" by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Ranked 23rd among top 100, and eighth among those with 1,000 or more employees.

December

St. Mary earns Path to Excellence Awards from NRC Picker for nursing communication, overall hospital, and pain management. In addition, St. Mary is among 100 hospitals nationwide to earn the Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, focusing on quality care, satisfaction, and community service.

St. Mary's 2009 Community Benefit Annual Report won a Gold MarCom Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. In addition, St. Mary's H1N1 influenza crisis communications plan earned the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's first-place Pepperpot Award, as well as the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's Pyramid Award.

St. Mary St. Mary Medical Center earns the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry - GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010, one of only 135 hospitals nationwide to be recognized for this quality distinction. The award acknowledges the life-saving clinical-care efforts St. Mary has put in place for treating heart attack patients.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recognizes St. Mary with its highest quality three-star rating for adult cardiac surgery. This prestigious designation is awarded semiannually, and this is the fifth consecutive time St. Mary has earned the three-star rating.

2009 Highlights

January

Newly renovated Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Unit (MSIC) opens with 15 private rooms with innovative features and home-like amenities.

February

St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center opens new, state-of-the-art catheterization laboratories or multi-use interventional laboratories (three in February; one more in Spring 2009) with 14 patient preparation and recovery rooms.

October

St. Mary is among first healthcare facilities in Delaware Valley to offer Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery, the latest advance in radiation treatment to

target tumors with greater accuracy than ever before.

St. Mary celebrates advances in neonatal care at 20th Anniversary Reunion for the St. Mary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

2009 Accreditations and Licensures

March

The St. Mary Medical Center Clinical Laboratory earned reaccreditation from the College of American Pathologists after a rigorous on-site inspection designed to ensure the highest standard of care. The Blood Bank also was awarded reaccreditation from the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks).

December

The Neurophysiology Department received EEG Lab accreditation from the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists, making St. Mary  the only hospital in Bucks County and one of about 50 healthcare facilities in the nation to earn this distinction for meeting technical standards and demonstrating quality output.

2009 Awards

September

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association once again recognized St. Mary Medical Center for the outstanding care it provides to patients with signs of stroke and cardiovascular disease. St. Mary recently was presented with three Get With the Guidelines - Silver Performance Achievement Awards for excellence in the treatment of stroke, coronary artery disease, and heart failure.

October

St. Mary received the Sierra Leone Catholic Medal of Honor for our generous donation of more than 350 pounds of costume jewelry - about 3,000 pieces - for the Fatima House of Light for Girls in Sierra Leone.

St. Mary earns the Innovative and Collaborative Practice Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The St. Mary Pharmacy and Orthopedics Department worked collaboratively to develop a new Pharmacy-Managed Coumadin Protocol.

November

Recognized by Society of Thoracic Surgeons with its highest quality rating - three stars - for adult cardiac surgery. This is the fourth consecutive semi-annual designation for St. Mary. Only about 10 percent of hospitals nationwide receive the STS' three-star rating.

December

St. Mary Medical Center earns the 2009 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's prestigious Get With the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus and Gold Performance Achievement Awards. The awards recognize St. Mary's success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients in accordance with evidence-based guidelines.

2008 Highlights

May

St. Mary Community Ministries in Bensalem adds 3,000 square feet of space to existing cite, expanding programming and services at Family Resource Center and clinic space at the Children's Health Center and Mother Bachmann Maternity Center St. Mary Imaging in Richboro, formerly Richboro MRI, adds CT scan capabilities to complement existing MRI studies performed there July

St. Mary Imaging in Langhorne is first clinical site in nation to offer high-field, truly open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the Hitatchi OASIS scanner.

October

St. Mary Breast Center adds new full-field digital mammography unit, which provides more accurate scans and improves efficiency of imaging patients of diverse shapes and sizes.

2008 Accreditations and Licensures

The oncology program at St. Mary Regional Cancer Center earns recertification approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Our Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in CT, MRI, mammography, and ultrasound, and FDA-certified in mammography.

November

Echocardiography Laboratory at St. Mary earns accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories in the area of adult transthoracic echocardiography.

2008 Awards

October

Recognized by Society of Thoracic Surgeons with its highest quality rating - three stars - for adult cardiac surgery Earns Trailblazer Award for Environmental Leadership from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region.

November

Earns Hospital of Choice Award from American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, which recognizes St. Mary as being among the nation's most consumer-friendly hospitals.