Quality Performance and Patient Safety
The quality of our care and the safety of our patients are priorities in the Harrington HealthCare System. We believe that TLC - Total Local Care - begins with making sure we give the best and safest care possible to our patients. All of us at Harrington - nurses, physicians, technicians, and other staff members - make safety a priority. Our employees who care for patients go through regular safety training sessions.
Perhaps the best indicator of the quality of our care is our award as a 2014 Top Hospital by an influential independent hospital rating agency - this marks the second year in a row we've received the nation's top hospital award. We were one of only 60 urban hospitals to receive this award for 2014, but one of only 19 to receive the award two years in a row.
Considered the most competitive hospital quality award in the nation, the Top Hospitals designation honors hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.
We track our quality and safety in several important ways, and we are always seeking ways in which to improve our performance. We want our patients to see how we do in these important measures.
Harrington began assessing its performance for patient satisfaction and patient experience using national survey tools administered by Press Ganey, an independent company that measures patient satisfaction and experience scores. We utilize HCAHPS, the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems for our inpatients. They also survey our outpatients and emergency care patients.
Process of Care Measures
The measures of timely and effective care (also known as "process of care" measures) show (1) the percentage of hospital patients who receive treatments known to get the best results for certain common, serious medical conditions or surgical procedures, and (2) how quickly hospitals treat patients who come to the hospital with certain medical emergencies. The measures only apply to patients for whom the recommended treatment would be appropriate. By law, any measures reported on the Hospital Compare website must reflect accepted standards of care, based on current scientific evidence. The measures are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure that they are up-to-date, and new measures and types of conditions and treatments will be added over time.
- Heart Attack Care
An acute myocardial infarction (AMI), also called a heart attack, happens when one of the heart's arteries becomes blocked and the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle doesn't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the affected heart tissue may die. These measures show some of the standards of care provided, if appropriate, for most adults who have had a heart attack.
- Heart Failure Care
Heart Failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. These measures show some of the process of care provided for most adults with heart failure.
- Pneumonia Care
Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes difficulty breathing, fever, cough and fatigue. These measures show some of the recommended treatments for pneumonia.
- Surgical Care
Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by making sure they provide care that's known to get the best results for most patients.
- Hospital-Acquired Infections
Hospital-acquired infections and drug resistant "superbugs" make infection prevention a challenge for hospitals. Harrington staff is diligent regarding infection prevention. We have had zero ventilator-associated pneumonias and zero central line-associated blood stream infections for the last 5 years.
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Patients want and expect clinical excellence and safe and compassionate care and we are working hard to deliver it every single day, for every single patient.