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Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center highlighted as national leader of quality healthcare

By ThisIsReno

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Joint Commission Resources uses local hospital as example in national educational program

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center will be recognized for its dedication to providing quality healthcare during a nationally broadcast educational program by Joint Commission Resources.  The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States annually.  Saint Mary’s will be the featured hospital during the Joint Commission’s April 2011 educational program titled Hospital Staff and Physician Competency.  The educational program will air live via an online webinar on Thursday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

“Joint Commission surveyors chose Saint Mary’s to be part of this program because of our most recent accreditation survey,” said Helen Lidholm, chief operating officer at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.  “We met and surpassed all of the requirements to maintain accreditation and our best practices related to physician competency will be featured in this program.”

The program will be viewed by more than 4,500 healthcare workers nationally and is used as an educational tool and best practices case study for healthcare organizations.  The video will highlight how Saint Mary’s identified issues in competency and credentialing, how it initiated performance improvement projects to respond to these issues and the results of its efforts.

Additionally, in November 2010, Saint Mary’s received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a three-year accreditation status for healthcare quality and patient safety.  Saint Mary’s follows nationally recognized protocols and systems to continually improve performance, reduce infection rates, and enhance patient safety.  In addition to ongoing quality improvement practices, Saint Mary’s clinical staff has developed new training programs and leadership evaluations to ensure all areas are consistently monitored.

To register for the educational program on Thursday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST, visit the Joint Commission Resources’ website at www.jcrqsn.com.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.