|Calvary Gets Top Marks from The Joint Commission and Press Ganey|
Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home Awarded Accreditation from the JOINT COMMISSION
Hospital also Receives Press Ganey Summit Award for 4th Consecutive Year
BRONX, NEW YORK, March 2010 -- By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s (TJC) national standards for health care quality and safety, Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home have earned the Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. Founded in 1951, TJC is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. TJC conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Calvary and its Home Care and Hospice in November 2009. The accreditation award recognizes Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home’s dedication to complying with TJC’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis. Calvary also received the Press Ganey Summit Award for a remarkable 4th consecutive year for being in the country’s top 1% for patient satisfaction.
The Joint Commission
“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our long-term commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence. The accreditation is proof of our commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis for inpatients and for our Calvary@Home home care and home hospice patients.”
Snce 1966, when the House of Calvary was accredited as an Acute Care Hospital, Calvary has maintained a consistent track record with TJC surveys. The Hospital has earned accreditation every time since 1966. Calvary@Home, which started out as a Home Health Agency in 1985, has also earned accreditation each time since 1991.
“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Calvary is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”
“In becoming accredited, Calvary@Home was evaluated against a set of national standards by a Joint Commission (surveyor/team of surveyors) experienced in the delivery of home care services,” says Margherita Labson, R.N., executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Achieving accreditation demonstrates Calvary@Home’s commitment to provide high quality and safe care to its patients.”
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Press Ganey Summit Award
For the fourth straight year, Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named Calvary Hospital a Summit Award Winner. This award recognizes the country’s top performing health care facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years.
The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually. Calvary has consistently ranked in the 99th percentile for overall patient satisfaction. Since 2006, when the Summit Award was inaugurated, Calvary has made the list every single year. It continues to be the only hospital in New York State to be honored in the “Inpatient Care” category.
Press Ganey currently partners with more than 7,000 health care facilities -- including nearly 40% of U.S. hospitals -- to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry, and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.
To date, Calvary’s many accolades include the following:
§ Being designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2005 as an “international center for training in palliative care”;
§ Being spotlighted in the Altman Foundation’s annual report, which praised “Calvary Hospital’s groundbreaking work in nursing homes”; and
§ The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization places Calvary@Home above state and national averages in important patient issues such as relief of pain and patient education.
Calvary Hospital (www.calvaryhospital.org) is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,500 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, home hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.