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Geneva General Hospital Positions itself as the Best in Patient Safety and Experience in 2013
Geneva General Hospital is positioning itself to become the best hospital in patient safety and experience of hospitals its size in the United States and is making significant strides to reach this goal by being recognized by highly respected, national accrediting bodies and organizations.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Achievements

•Geneva General Hospital was identified as a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Mentor Hospital for the treatment of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections.

•The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ has recognized Geneva General Hospital as an "Exemplary Hospital"., due to their excellent Partnership for Patients Engagement Scores on the Zero Harm Across the Board initiatives. GGH is in the top 10 Safest Acute Care Hospitals in New York.

•The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ has published data showing how U.S. hospitals participating in Medicare will be penalized for avoidable readmissions for the period July 2009 through June 2012. Of 166 New York hospitals participating in the Medicare program, 141, or 85%, will be penalized. Geneva General Hospital is one of only 25 hospitals in New York State who did not receive a readmission penalty.

•Geneva General Hospital has achieved industry leading performance scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program for the second consecutive year. Geneva General Hospital scored higher than national, state and other regional hospitals. This achievement is significant since hospitals across the country are now be paid for inpatient acute care services based on care quality, as measured by the CMS indicators outlined in the VBP program, not just the quantity of the services they provide. This is also referred to as “pay for performance”.

Infection Rates

•Geneva General Hospital did not have any Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in 2013.

•Geneva General Hospital did not have any Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) - cases in 2013.

“These superb achievements are examples of team efforts throughout the health system. We continue to prove not only to our community, but to the entire nation that we provide safe, quality care for our patients. We continue to make progress towards our goal of being the best by improving our clinical outcomes, HCAHPS scores; this is what our patients and all of our community members deserve,” states Dr. Jose Acevedo, President and CEO of Finger Lakes Health.

Stroke Care Accreditations

•Geneva General Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes GGH’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

•To receive the award, GGH achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

•In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award GGH has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Geneva General Hospital is also a New York State Department of Health Stroke Center of Excellence and a Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

•Geneva General Hospital is the only regional hospital that is certified by the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care. To attain this certification, the hospital must comply with very stringent stroke care standards and undergo an on-site certification review every other year.

Joint Commission Accreditations

•Geneva General Hospital (GGH) once again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

•Geneva General Hospital’s Laboratory earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories.

•Geneva General Hospital was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission. GGH was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. GGH is one of two hospitals in the region earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The Geneva hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: pneumonia and surgical care.
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