St.Vincent Receives Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence
On March 20, 2012, St.Vincent Indianapolis received a call from the Magnet Recognition Program. "It is really a privilege to call you this morning," said Craig Luzinski, MSN, RN, FACHE, director of the Magnet Recognition Program. "As you know, the Commission on Magnet has recently reviewed the findings from your written documentation, as well as your recent site visit, which is quite an extensive review. You have obviously been involved in this for quite a period of time, and based on that review and the feedback given, it is my high honor and privilege to let you know that the Commission on Magnet has designated St.Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center a Magnet designated facility. It is a nursing designation, but everyone in the organization shares in the celebration."
St.Vincent Indianapolis has been designated as a Magnet organization by the Magnet Recognition Program, a part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This credential means that we are one of fewer than 7 percent of the hospitals in the country who meet the rigorous standards for nursing excellence, held by the ANCC.
St.Vincent Indianapolis Home Health Ranks in the Top 25 percent nationally for the fifth consecutive year
St.Vincent Indianapolis Home Health has been named a 2011 HomeCare Elite agency for the fifth consecutive year. This market-leading review compiled by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth names the top 25 percent of agencies based on quality of care, quality improvement and financial performance. The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patients with the best possible care while managing their business efficiently and effectively.
"St.Vincent Indianapolis Home Health is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care in the home to Marion County and surrounding county residents," said Kim Jule, executive director of St.Vincent Home Health. "We are honored to receive the distinction of being a HomeCare Elite agency for the fifth year."
St.Vincent Indianapolis Home Health offers services to those who need a bit of assistance at home, but who aren't so sick that they need to be hospitalized. Home health services include patient education, caregiver training and education; pain control management; intravenous therapy; rehabilitation programs; retraining for daily living; disease management; nutrition counseling; telehealth and assistance with personal care.
St.Vincent Indianapolis Home Health has been a trusted provider for more than 25 years and is licensed by the state of Indiana, certified for Medicare and Medicaid services, and accredited by the Joint Commission. St.Vincent home health services consistently score in the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction.
St.Vincent Home Health serves more than 42 counties in Indiana with skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, medical social services and a comprehensive care plan necessary for optimum recovery and independence.
St.Vincent Indianapolis receives "A" rating for Hospital Safety
St.Vincent Indianapolis has received an "A" rating for Hospital Safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.A Blue Ribbon Panel of the nation's top patient safety experts provided guidance to The Leapfrog Group to develop the Hospital Safety Score, which is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score website, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org allows visitors to search hospital scores at no cost, and provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
The safety measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the very basic blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication control and nurse staffing levels.
"I am proud to work with physicians and associates who live by our St.Vincent Mission and Core Values and demonstrate an "A" rating for our patients," said St.Vincent Indianapolis President Kyle DeFur."Thank you for your continued Spirit of Caring!"
The Leapfrog Group's goal is to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital. This score will enable people to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score will highlight the country's best hospitals and warn against the worst to save lives and bring attention to the nation's silent safety epidemic.
St.Vincent Cancer Care's new executive director shares his goals and why he chose the Spirit of Caring
Fuad Hammoudeh, FACHE, brings more than 30 years of expertise from senior positions at regional and national healthcare organizations, most recently IU Health, where he was administrator of the IU Simon Cancer Center and IU School of Medicine's division of hematology/oncology.
Why did you choose to join St.Vincent?
St.Vincent is unique because we offer care of the mind, body and spirit and realize their interconnectedness. I've been in other organizations that say their approach is holistic, but they don't practice what they say. Here holism is practiced at every level of the organization. It is embedded in the culture.
Why have you specialized in oncology administration?
Helping patients is a noble cause; helping cancer patients I think is one of the highest callings because of the severity of the illness and challenges for the patients and their loved ones. My hope is one day we all don't have jobs because we've discovered cures for every type of cancer. We are blessed to have the one of the best teams of cancer specialists, nurses and associates to ensure our cancer patients are supported through their complex and challenging journey.
What are your goals for St.Vincent Cancer Care?
To be recognized as the best patient-centered cancer care program in the state, caring for patients and their loved ones in a holistic body-mind-spirit approach from prevention and screening through diagnosis and treatment and survivorship. To reach our goal, we need to be a high reliable, safe and loving ministry, and serve our cancer patients with the highest quality care as measured by evidenced-base guidelines, pathways and excellent outcomes.
Additional goals are supporting patients and their loved ones throughout the continuum of care with patient navigators; providing the latest treatment options and modalities including clinical trials; enhancing our multidisciplinary clinical programs; implementing oncology electronic medical records; and further enhancing screening and diagnostic, supportive care and survivorship services.
What are the positive changes you've witnessed in oncology delivery?
The shift to patient-focused and holistic care, new targeted therapies, more sensitive technology for early screening and detection, and minimally invasive surgical techniques.