Staten Island Hospital Aces Quality Scores

Staten Island UniversityHospital (SIUH) was recently named a top performer in the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  Premier Healthcare Alliance pay-for  performance project that rewards hospitals for delivering higher quality care in five clinical areas.

Based on third-year results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Project (HQUID), SIUH is the top-quality performer in New York State, sixth in the nation, and the nation's second highest achiever in the category of coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

SIUH is New York's only hospital to achieve an award in four out of the five areas studied:  acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (open heart surgery) and hip and knee replacement surgery. No hospital achieved an award in all five. In return for its superior performance, SIUH will receive a $200,000 bonus from CMS.

"Our success is meaningful to the life of every patient who comes through our door, and is achieved and sustained by a clinical team willing to put quality to work in every patient care experience," said Donna Proske, executive vice prMident, chief operating office and chief nurse executive.

In each of the categories, data is collected and rated on more than 30 evidencoo-based clinical quality measures. As an example, hospitals submit data on how consistently heart attack patients are given aspirin or a beta-blocker on arrival. Data is provided on the consistent use of antibiotic therapy one hour before surgery, smoking cessation education for heilrt failure patients, and other clinical activities vital to patients' care and well-being.

Last Update

May 14, 2010
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