West Jefferson Medical Center To Receive 2 National Awards For Patient Safety, Stroke Care

MARRERO, LA – West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) will accept two trophies for two prestigious national awards from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, on Thursday, May 11, at the WJMC Hospital Atrium, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., in Marrero, at 11:00 a.m.

         The awards include:


• 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award Trophy – For the second year in a row, West Jefferson is the only hospital in the Greater New Orleans Area (inclusive of the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington) to achieve top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety excellence.

• 2017 Stroke Care Excellence Award Trophy – West Jefferson is ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for the treatment of stroke.


         “Delivering quality patient care at West Jefferson Medical Center is a responsibility owned by all members of our healthcare family,” said Nancy R. Cassagne, president and CEO of West Jefferson. “Being recognized by Healthgrades for these two prestigious awards validates our hospital family’s commitment to delivering safe, excellent care to the patients and families we serve.”

         The Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ is a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays, WJMC reps said. The distinction places West Jefferson Medical Center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, they said.

         WJMC is one of 460 hospitals to receive this honor out of 4,600 hospitals nationwide.

         WJMC is one of only 254 hospitals nationwide to receive the 2017 Stroke Care Excellence Award™. This achievement places WJMC among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country for stroke care, reps said. WJMC is also being recognized as a Five-Star recipient for the treatment of stroke in 2017. This rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated, reps said.

         From 2013-2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Stroke Care Excellence Award have, on average, 32.9 percent lower risk of death than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

         Similarly, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the Stroke Care Specialty Excellence Award are, on average 1.49 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award, reps said.

         The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found here


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