CAH honored for excellence
CHAMPAIGN (Dec. 7, 2017) – The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Carlinville Area Hospital for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held Nov. 14 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.
As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), CAH and other critical access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined domaines of quality outcomes: 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 recognizes 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’s what we are celebrating today.”
CAH was recognized for its quality of care outcomes (for participating in all measures in all four domains), for demonstrating top performance over two quarters in any domain (as demonstrated by a >95 percent quality score) and for achieving a “four-star” Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (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 also allow consumers to more easily compare hospitals.
“We are very proud of our team for achieving this level of excellence in health quality,” said Ken Reid, hospital CEO. “This is truly a team effort that recognizes our dedication to delivering a healthcare experience that our patients and staff can be proud of.”
Pictured are, from left, Angie Charlet, ICAHN director of quality, education services and compliance; Ken Reid, Carlinville Area Hospital CEO; and Pat Schou, ICAHN executive director.