The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized HSHS St. Francis Hospital for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held November 14 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL.
As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), HSHS St. Francis Hospital and other critical access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined domains of quality outcomes. These four domains include: Patient Safety/Inpatient; Patient Engagement; Care Transitions; and Outpatient Measures.
“Often, in rural hospitals, having a devoted staff member to abstract and submit this data can be both time-consuming and burdensome,” said Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality, Educational Services, and Compliance. “This hospital realizes how important quality of care and an engaged staff is for its patients…From its top leadership on throughout the facility, each strives for continued quality on a daily basis, and that is what we are celebrating today.”
HSHS St. Francis Hospital was recognized for demonstrating top performance over two quarters in any domain (as is demonstrated by a >95% quality score), and for achieving a ‘5-Star’ HCAHPS Rating. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the HCAHPS Star Ratings for consumers to more quickly and easily access the patient experience of care information provided on the Hospital Compare website. Star ratings will also allow consumers to more easily compare hospitals.
“Congratulations to our team at HSHS St. Francis for achieving this level of excellence in health quality,” said John Peipert, interim president and CEO. “It is through teamwork and dedication that we continue to deliver a high-quality health care experience for our patients. We thank ICAHN for recognizing our ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in patient care.”