Archive for July, 2017

July 17, 2017

CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital Earns National Recognition for Cardiovascular, Stroke Care

Bryan, TX, June 5, 2017—CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital has earned four national awards through the American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA) and American College of Cardiology for Cardiovascular and Stroke Care. These awards demonstrate the commitment CHI St. Joseph Health has in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke and heart attack patients treated at CHI St. Joseph Health. It also signifies that CHI St. Joseph Health offers patients the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, clinical guidelines and recommendations established by the latest scientific evidence.

“This recognition demonstrates our commitment to always being at the forefront of cardiovascular care for our community, and providing the appropriate stroke and heart attack treatments for our patients,” said Ricardo Gutierrez, MD, medical director for cardiac services at CHI St. Joseph Health.

Among the awards the hospital received was the AHA Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Achievement Award, the first time Regional achieved the designation.

Designed to reduce hospital system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – beginning with the 9-1-1 call through to hospital treatment, the Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Achievement Award recognizes hospitals that have implemented specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA.

The hospital also received the:

  • ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award. This recognition is given for consistently following treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters, meeting a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures;
  • Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite. This award is given for achieving a consistently high level of observance with AHA/ASA quality measures for 24 consecutive months and meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and their treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat stroke.The Gold Plus Achievement Award is the highest achievement level offered by AHA/ASA.
  • AHA Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Bronze Plus. This recognizes treating more than 75% of heart attack transfer patients within 120 minutes of the onset of symptoms for at least one quarter and implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for patients who have suffered severe heart attacks.

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CHI St. Joseph Health is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit health system in the Brazos Valley. We are committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, home to a Level II Major Trauma Center, the highest in the region. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than 20 primary and specialty care clinics around the region, including orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, pediatrics, pain management, urology, ENT and more. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information about us, visit chistjoseph.org.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 17 states and comprises more than 104 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.

July 11, 2017

CHI St. Joseph Health Laboratories Receive Reaccreditation

(July 6, 2018, Bryan, TX) The CHI St. Joseph Health Laboratories in Bryan and South College Station have recently received reaccreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Every two years the laboratory teams at CHI St. Joseph Health participate in this thorough survey and inspection process. CAP surveyors complete a thorough inspection ensuring that all aspects of laboratory testing, from specimen prep and collection through testing and the delivery of the results to the physician, are in compliance.

Out of a total of 3,000-4,000 compliance standards, the CHI St. Joseph Health Laboratories received minimal deficiencies.

“The track record of successful CAP inspections our lab has achieved over the years is a testament to their commitment to not only providing our patients and clinicians with the best possible support, but to continuing our mission of excellent patient care.” said Ricardo Diaz, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at CHI St. Joseph Health.

“We are extremely fortunate to be partnered with the Brazos Valley Pathology group, led by Dr. Michael Cohen, and we are grateful for their support as we continue to provide excellence for our customers.”

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About CHI St. Joseph Health

Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 17 states and comprises more than 104 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30E critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit chistjoseph.org.