Hospital Receives a 'Perfect Score' for Care
At an annual Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) conference held in Southern California recently, Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital received recognition for achieving "perfect care" for Acute Myocardial Infarction for the Fiscal Year 2009. The award is based on diagnosis and treatment of patients who came to the Emergency Department with heart attack symptoms. "This award speaks highly of the care our medical staff and employees provide to our community" said Robert Campana, Chairman of the Mark Twain St. Joseph's Health Care Corporation. "I have first hand knowledge about this level of care and this award just validates the expertise, commitment and compassion our hospital provides."
"Every hospital in the nation reports scores on several heart attack criteria established by a panel of heart disease specialists" said Kassie Waters, Manager of the hospital's medical/surgical and intensive care units. "When the treatment plan is met, the patient has the optimal chance of recovery. The criteria includes: providing an aspirin within 24 hours, counseling on smoking cessation, and administering the appropriate cardiac medications in a timely fashion, among others. To have "perfect care", our hospital has documented evidence that we met these goals with every patient, every time."