Awards & Recognition - Autumn 2012
The compassionate and talented physicians, nurses and staff of Newton-Wellesley Hospital are often the recipients of local, national and international awards and honors. We are proud to share the news of these recent accolades with the members of our community.
U.S. NEWS RANKS NEWTON-WELLESLEY 16TH IN THE STATE
U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual Best Hospitals rankings, showcasing more than 720 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. According to the list released on July 17, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is ranked #16 in Massachusetts and #13 in the Boston metro area. U.S. News also recognized Newton-Wellesley as “high performing” in the areas of geriatrics, orthopaedics and urology.
The hospital rankings are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” he said. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
LEAPFROG GROUP HONORS NEWTON-WELLESLEY FOR BEING AMONG THE SAFEST HOSPITALS IN THE NATION
Newton-Wellesley Hospital recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, recognizing the Hospital for being among the safest in the nation.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, calculated scores for hospitals across the nation with assistance from the Hospital Safety ScoreSM as well as The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. Scores were created using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety. To see more information about Hospital Safety Scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
NEWTON-WELLESLEY EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR IMPROVING PATIENT CARE
Newton-Wellesley is one of 100 hospitals (and in the top 25 percent) recently lauded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and George Washington University for its participation in a prestigious national program to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The effort is part of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), a national program to significantly improve health care in targeted communities.
Hospitals nationwide worked together through AF4Q to improve the quality of care for their patients in measureable ways. Newton-Wellesley chose to focus solely on cardiac patients by working to reduce heart failure readmissions. Based on data from the 18 months of work with the RWJF, it was determined that by reducing readmissions Newton-Wellesley was able to save approximately $187,000.
Hospitals participating in the effort were part of a virtual network where they developed, shared and implemented quality improvement tools, strategies and lessons learned.