Mather Recognized for Patient Safety and Overall Care
Mather Hospital has been recognized for the second consecutive year as a top hospital on the 2010 New York State Hospital Report Card℠ and as one of the Best Hospitals in the New York metropolitan region by US News & World Report.
Mather was listed on the Hospital Safety Honor Roll in two individual categories by the Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC) in partnership with Hearst Newspapers and published in the Albany Times Union and other Hearst publications. The NHQC is a group of employers, hospitals, insurers, and physicians who work together to improve the quality and value of healthcare.
Mather was one of only 20 hospitals statewide to make the Top Hospital Recognition category and was also listed in the Honor Roll for management of postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis and postoperative sepsis.
“We’re pleased that Mather has once again been recognized for its record on patient safety,??? said Mather President Kenneth Roberts. “We constantly strive to improve our safety programs and the overall care of our patients as we continue the work of making Mather the best community hospital in New York.???
Hospitals were evaluated based on mortality rates, patient safety indicators, two types of adverse events and participation in national safety programs. The analysis focused on areas where hospitals performed better than average. The top 15 percent of hospitals were selected for the Honor Roll.
Data used by the NHQC come from information that hospitals report including diagnoses and procedures, patient’s age, gender, accompanying medical conditions and discharge status. According to the NHQC, while this cannot be used as a conclusive source of information on healthcare quality, it can provide important insights into the quality of care being delivered by hospitals. The NHQC data reflect only the care provided to patients who were admitted to the hospital in calendar year 2008.
Mather Hospital also ranked among the region’s best hospitals in a list complied by U.S. News & World Report.
The publication looked at the 52 metropolitan areas with the highest populations and highlighted 622 hospitals in or near major cities. The hospitals were ranked according to criteria that included outcomes, reputation and quality in a wide range of specialties. To be ranked in its area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
In the New York region, 66 hospitals were featured on the list out of a total of 180. Mather Hospital was one of 10 Long Island hospitals to make the list in the New York region. Mather was cited for high performance in three specialties: gastroenterology, geriatrics, and neurology and neurosurgery.