July 2016: Gulf Coast Medical Center has earned the 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, a leading provider of consumer information about physicians and hospitals.
The local hospital also received five-star ratings (the highest available from Healthgrades) for C-section and vaginal delivery services. The Labor and Delivery Excellence Award places Gulf Coast Medical Center in the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for the care provided to mothers during labor and delivery.
Gulf Coast Medical Center is one of 118 facilities to earn the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. According to Healthgrades’ analysis and statistics for 2012-2014 (which is the data used to determine 2016 award recipients), patients treated in hospitals receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award have, on average, a 36.3% lower risk of experiencing complications while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
July 2016: Four Lee Hospitals Named 2016 Most Wired for Three Consecutive Years
All four acute care hospitals in Lee Health are among the 2016 Most Wired, according to the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released recently by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. According to the survey, technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions. Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital have been named Most Wired for the past three years by the AHA Health Forum.
May, 2016 - For three consecutive years, Lee Health has been honored with the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award which recognizes dedication to continually improving data quality and patient safety in electronic prescribing of medications. The health system is one of only 16 organizations nation-wide to achieve this recognition.
Quality assurance in medication e-prescribing is an essential tool for creating a safer health care system. Medication E-Prescribing electronically communicates prescriptions to a patient’s preferred pharmacy in the community. Rapid communication of prescriptions reduces delays in filling them and improves the quality and continuity of care. Patients are also offered the convenience of picking up their prescriptions at one of four Lee Pharmacy locations upon discharge from Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital.
Lee Health Hospitals Earn Quality Achievement Awards for Stroke Care
May, 2016 - Gulf Coast Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. Additionally, these hospitals were recognized with Target Stroke Honor Roll awards, recognizing exceptional performance in administration the clot busting medication Alteplase, which significantly reduces disability after stroke. Time is brain, so it is very important to administer this drug as quickly as possible when indicated.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures. The Gold Level is awarded for 24 consecutive months of performance achievement.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, preventative treatments, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.
Cape Coral Hospital Earns a FHA Celebration of Service Award
October 2015 - Cape Coral Hospital received statewide recognition for Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety as part of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) Celebration of Service Awards. The Leadership in Quality & Patient Safety Award recognizes the success of establishing safety behaviors and error prevention as daily habits. Focused on renewed priorities including prevention, healing and community connectivity, Cape Coral Hospital utilizes the Samueli Institute’s Optimal Healing Environment (OHE) framework and Lean as its management system to increase patient safety, employee wellness, and as a catalyst for achieving overall business outcomes.
The Florida Hospital Association strives to make Florida’s hospitals among the best in the nation through patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. For more information about FHA visit www.fha.org .
Lee Health Achieves White Coat of Quality Award
Aug. 5, 2015 - Lee Health, including Lee Physician Group, was recently awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award for leading performance standards for clinical quality and best practices in e-Prescribing.
The SureScripts White Coat Award recognizes exceptional safety in electronic medication prescribing technical practices. Lee Health received these special awards for all of its hospitals, outpatient centers, and physician offices, as the result of implementing the Epic electronic health record in a standard optimal manner, enabling best-practice care at all Lee Health locations.
E-Prescribing electronically communicates prescriptions to a patient’s preferred pharmacy in the community. Rapid communication of prescriptions reduces delays in filling them and improves the quality and continuity of care. When they are discharged, patients are also offered the convenience of picking up their prescriptions at pharmacies located in each of Lee Health’s hospitals: Gulf Coast Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, and HealthPark Medical Center.
Surescripts is a nationwide health information network that connects, exchanges, and activates
health information between pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians,
hospitals, health information exchanges and health technology firms. For more information and the full list of award winners, please visit www.surescripts.com.
Lee Health Named 2015 Most Wired
July 2015 – Each of Lee Health’s four acute care hospitals has been recognized as “Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks 17th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. Out of more than 2,200 eligible U.S. hospitals, only 338 made it to this year's Most Wired list, demonstrating some of the most advanced health IT use and adoption in the nation.
Most Wired hospitals typically share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using advanced information technology to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. For instance, Lee Health hospitals’ medications are bar coded and then electronically scanned at the moment the medication is given to match the patient, the nurse and the medication in order to eliminate errors and provide safer care.
The 2015 Most Wired Award survey looked at Lee Health’s clinical automation, internal supply chain automation, physician portal, mobile device software tools, telehealth capabilities, automated clinical decision support to assist optimum care, internet capabilities, and patient engagement tools like MyChart and the MyChart Mobile Application.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN - visit www.hhnmag.com .
2015 Gage Award
July 2015 – Healthy Lee was honored by America’s Essential Hospitals with the 2015 Gage Award for Population Health, which recognizes activites that improve delivery, access, or value for specific populations and improve health outcomes.
Healthy Lee is a county-wide effort that began as Community Health Visioning 2017 for Lee Health when it convened 38 community leaders to help improve the health of our residents and improve the health care delivery system in our community. Today, more than 300 organizations in Lee County now actively contribute to Health Lee with a Steering Committee of 60 community leaders.
2015 Governor’s Sterling Award Recipient
June 2015 – Cape Coral Hospital is proud to be the first community hospital in the state of Florida to receive the Governor’s Sterling Award. For 23 years, the Sterling Award has recognized organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence within their management and operations.
Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals -- Top 1% nationwide
March 2015 - Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have received the Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, a distinction that places them in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide. This is the second consecutive year that Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have received this prestigious recognition.
Being in the top one percent means patients of Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications, and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization.
Healthgrades America’s 50 Best™ designation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence and exhibiting consistent superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients across a broad spectrum of care. Hospitals who have achieved this distinction set a clear and formal framework for improving quality which allows teams to evaluate and build on success, and quality is embedded in their culture.
Lee Health Hospitals among Top 5% in Nation
Jan. 2015 - Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have received Healthgrades 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction places these hospitals in the top five percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide and based solely on outstanding clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
"We are so proud of this distinguished honor. To be in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation is quite an achievement," says Jim Nathan, President and CEO of Lee Health. "The ability to continually rank among the best in the nation year after year is the result of hard work and dedication of each and every staff member and their unwavering commitment to provide comprehensive and compassionate care."
Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are among the 261 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. They stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care.
"Consumers today are assuming more and more responsibility for health care decisions and are increasingly relying on objective measures of quality to inform their selection of hospitals and physicians," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. "It is important for consumers to understand the variability in the nation's hospitals so that they can make more informed choices. By selecting a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, consumers can be confident that this hospital has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to exceptional clinical quality care."
During the 2015 study period (2011-2013), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). The 2015 analysis of recipients also shows a correlation between high clinical outcomes and performance in core measures and patient experience measures.
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 36 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com . Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality .
Lee Health Receives KidCare Trendsetter Award
Nov. 2014 - Lee Health was awarded the Florida KidCare Trendsetter Award during the Statewide Florida Healthy Kids Corporation Conference, and is proud to be the only one in the state to receive this recognition. The health system was acknowledged for its commitment to assisting uninsured children and families in Florida. For families struggling to get affordable health care for their children, Florida KidCare is an easy option. The program is available to families in all income brackets, as long as they do not currently have insurance. It covers children ages birth to 18 throughout the state. The program covers everything from routine physician visits to shots, surgery, prescriptions, emergencies and mental health.
Lee Health Earns Two FHA Awards
Oct. 2014 - --- Lee Health received two major statewide recognitions:
The Leadership in Quality & Patient Safety Award recognizes the success of establishing safety behaviors and error prevention as daily habits. Lee Health won for its safety coach program. More than 600 SafeLee Safety Coaches are in place to assure the health system’s safety behaviors and error prevention tools become a daily habit. The Safety Coaches are instrumental in identifying issues that put patients at risk. Their duties include reinforcing safe behaviors and providing corrective feedback when needed and assisting teammates in identifying and removing safety barriers. They are communicators, observers, role models, educators, storytellers and partners.
Lee Health was also recognized as Best Hospital Workplace (over 150 beds) for working to create a strong culture of quality, safety and patient experience by engaging employees in culture changing activities including coaching and communication skills training. Lee Health has made a deliberate effort to create an organizational culture that is safe and supportive, while continuously improving and implementing practices that support delivering the highest value to patients by balancing quality, cost and access. The health system’s vision, mission, values and strategic plan initiatives are aligned to guide this culture.
Golisano Children’s Hospital Receives ‘Path to Excellence’ Award
Sept. 2014 - Golisano Children’s Hospital was recognized by the National Research Corporation as the best performing children’s hospital nationwide in delivering an excellent patient experience. As a 2014 award recipient, Golisano Children’s Hospital is among a select group of health care innovators leading the way on the path to patient-centered care, with greater than 98% of patients saying they were satisfied overall with care at the facility. This was the highest score of all 109 children’s hospitals in their comparison group.
National Research selected Path to Excellence award recipients based on their achievement within categories that patients have identified as being most important to the quality of their care
HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital Achieve Top Honors as one of
Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ Recipients
July 2014 - HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award. The recognition distinguishes HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital as a top performing hospital in women’s health and distinguishes them among the top 5% in the nation by comparing performance, not only for maternity care and gynecological services, but also how women fared when treated for cardiac, orthopedic, stroke and other conditions.
July 2014 - Each of Lee Health’s four acute care hospitals has been recognized as “Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks 16th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey . As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect care providers with each other and with patients.
The 2014 Most Wired Award survey looked at Lee Health’s clinical automation, internal supply chain automation, physician portal, mobile device software tools, telehealth capabilities, automated clinical decision support to assist optimum care, internet capabilities, and patient engagement tools like MyChart and the MyChart Mobile Application.
Care Transitions Receives Prestigious Case In Point Platinum Award
May 2014 - Lee Health’s Care Transitions program has received the prestigious Case In Point Platinum award from Dorland Health. The award recognizes the most successful and innovative case management programs working to improve healthcare across the care continuum and the professionals and organizations making significant headway to address the challenges affecting the U.S. health care system.
Lee Health Named Healthcare Innovator of the Year
May 2014 - Food Management has awarded Culinary Solutions and Lee Health with the Healthcare Innovator of the Year Award. Food Management, a leader throughout the noncommercial food industry, serves food service directors, managers and chefs throughout the United States. The award recognizes the high standards set by the program and the attention to detail in food preparation.
Central production at Culinary Solutions allows our hospitals to offer a cost-efficient modified room service program for patients as well as upgrade their café menus and implement the Journey to a Healthier You healthy eating initiative across the system.
The dining program has received solid financial support from our administrators to build the Culinary Solutions infrastructure and significantly renovate retail dining facilities at HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital.
Hospitals Honored by American Heart Association for High Quality Stroke Care
May 2014 - Lee Health’s four acute care hospitals are being recognized by the American Heart Association for implementing Get With The Guidelines stroke treatment protocol. Get With The Guidelines helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based protocol that are proven to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital all received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This is the third award of its kind for Gulf Coast Medical Center and a first for Cape Coral Hospital which received designation as a Primary Stroke Center in September of 2013.
Each of Lee Health’s acute care hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals -- Top 1% nationwide
February 2014 - Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are proud to be named among the nation’s 50 Best hospitals by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This impressive distinction places Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center in the Top 1% of hospitals nationwide, out of over 4,500 hospitals evaluated. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.
Only 1 percent of hospitals in the nation achieved this level of recognition for their consistent clinical quality based on an unbiased and objective review of clinical outcomes using nine years of data. Being in the Top 1% means patients of Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications, and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization. “Additionally, we are proud that both Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital have also recently received numerous levels of distinction from Healthgrades,” adds Jim Nathan, President, Lee Health.
Healthgrades America’s 50 Best™ designation recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years. Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have achieved the Distinguished Hospital award (Top 5% in the nation) for 8 years in a row. Recognition as top hospitals who have received this award for 8 years or more include the likes of Mayo Clinic and New York Presbyterian.
These top hospitals are differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited consistent superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients across a broad spectrum of care. Hospitals who have achieved this distinction set a clear and formal framework for improving quality which allows teams to evaluate and build on success, and quality is embedded in their culture.
Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com. Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for over 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 36 procedures and conditions annually based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Bob Janes Triage Center Wins National Hospital Charitable Services Award
February 2014 - The Bob Janes Triage Center is among ten programs from across the country recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.
The Bob Janes Triage Center is a multi-agency collaboration that serves as a voluntary diversion program for individuals exhibiting symptoms of a behavioral health disorder(s) and who are at risk for low-level involvement with the criminal justice system. In addition, the project serves individuals referred by Lee Health hospitals who are high utilizers of acute medical and behavioral health services including frequent hospital visits for non-emergent care, crisis stabilization and detoxification. Homeless veterans are also referred by the Veteran’s Administration.
Lee Health Earns Employer of Choice® Designation
January 2014 - Lee Health been awarded the designation “Employer of Choice®” in recognition of its dedication to a workplace culture that attracts, optimizes and retains high quality employees. The Employer of Choice® designation is awarded by Employer of Choice International, Inc., after completing a rigorous evaluation process, and review by an expert panel of independent human resource consultants. This is the third time Lee Health has earned the Employer of Choice® designation.