Vol. 14, No. 4
Winthrop Ranked Among Top 5% in Nation For Overall Clinical Excellence -- Two Years in a Row!
Winthrop Gets Highest Marks from Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Cardiac Services Score High in NY State Department of Health Reports
Pulmonary Hypertension Program Helps Patients Breathe Easier, Live Healthier
Winthrop Neurosurgeon Performs "Bloodless" Spine Surgery
Horticultural Program Branches Off Child Life Program
Popular Teen Diabetes Group Focuses on Fun
Weight Control Program Fosters Family Involvement, Healthy Choices
Chronic Lung Disease Patients Breathe Easier Thanks to WEB
Rheumatoid Arthritis Center Emphasizes Importance of Early Diagnosis & Treatment
Stroke Peer Visitor Program Keeps Smiles Going
Winthrop's Breast Imaging & Diagnostic Center: Accessible to Patients, Timely Reports for Physicians
GUARDIANS of the FUTURE
Jets Women's Organization & Project Sunshine Spread Cheer in Winthrop's Pediatric Center
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Winthrop-University Hospital has received the 2005 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades(R), the national healthcare quality ratings company. Each year, HealthGrades presents this recognition to an elite group of hospitals that achieve notably high levels of performance.
With this tribute -- for the second year running -- Winthrop has been ranked among the top five percent of all acute-care hospitals in the country in terms of overall clinical excellence across a wide range of services. The award is based on data collected from 2000 through 2003 by the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Additionally, two specific Winthrop clinical services were recognized for providing outstanding care:
As part of its seventh annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country for its 2005 ratings, creating the standard for healthcare by impartially evaluating clinical outcomes and quality. The ratings measure whether patient outcomes are better than expected (5-Stars), as expected (3-Stars) or worse than expected (1-Star).
- Overall Cardiac Services received the Cardiac Care Excellence Award, with heart care at the Hospital ranked among the top d among the top all Cardiac Services received the Cardiac Care Excellence Award, with heart care at the Hospital ranked among the top five percent in the nation.
- Stroke Services received the Stroke Care Excellence Award, with the Hospital ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke.
In addition to the outstanding ratings for cardiac and stroke care, Winthrop received 5-Star ratings for treatment of pneumonia, was rated "Best in Area" for Pulmonary Services and ranked among the top five percent in the nation for Gastrointestinal Medical Services.
"We are very proud of these awards," said Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop's President and CEO. "Getting the Distinguished Hospital Award and 5-Star ratings from HealthGrades validates our commitment to clinical excellence and reflects the quality care delivered everyday to our patients and families by our physicians, nurses and staff."
Sarah Loughran, HealthGrades Executive Vice President said, "On Long Island, Winthrop stands out notably in terms of delivering quality care." Patients, families and employers here truly have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation."
For more information about Winthrop's high-quality services, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.