Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

St. Mary's Heart Center Earns Recognition for Heart Failure Treatment

The Heart Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned the Get with the Guidelines®–Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for the treatment of patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients

St. Mary's Earns Recognition in Cardiac Care

St. Mary’s Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. St. Mary’s is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that St. Mary’s has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the award, St. Mary's consistenly followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters.

St. Mary's Named Among Best in America for Orthopedic Services

St. Mary’s Medical Center has been named a recipient of the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospital’s for Orthopedics, providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, St. Mary’s has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women, serving as an example to all hospitals while setting new standards of healthcare excellence for women, their families, and their community.

St. Mary's Breast Center Named Women's Choice

St. Mary’s Medical Center earns the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal.

St. Mary's Earns Recognition as "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures"

St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned recognition as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

St. Mary’s was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for:
  • Heart attack
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care
  • Stroke

St. Mary's Earns Award for Stroke Care

St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

St Mary's Honored for Higher Standards of Cardiac Care

St. Mary's is one of only 256 hospitals honored for its commitment to higher standards of care for heart attack patients.

The award recognizes St .Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

St. Mary's Stroke Center Earns Advanced Certification

The Stroke Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. The certification follows a rigorous on-site review from the Joint Commission last month.

The recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association shows St. Mary’s is among an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Centers earning the seal of approval are recognized as industry leaders.

Breast Center Accreditation

The Breast Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

The Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps St. Mary’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program ensures the care provided to stroke patients is aligned with the most current, science-based guidelines. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives. To earn the award, hospitals must show they are adhering to the guidelines for a designated period of time.

National Excellence in Healthcare Awards

St. Mary's Medical Center has earned prestigious honors in Professional Research Consultants’ (PRC) 2011 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards. PRC presented Five-Star Patient Perception Awards to the 3 West medical/surgical unit and the Birthing Center at St. Mary’s.

Five-Star Patient Perception Awards are awarded to hospital service lines that scored in the top 10 percent nationally in 2011 based on the percentage of patients who rated the units as “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care questions.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The Breast Center at St. Mary's Medical Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This prestigious designation means the Breast Center at St. Mary's has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

The Center of Excellence designation was awarded after St. Mary's undertook an extensive evaluation process, which included a thorough peer-review by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The evaluation determined that St. Mary's has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

St. Mary's Medical Center has earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The accreditation proves St. Mary's works seamlessly with area emergency medical services to ensure patients get the treatment they need during the critical early stages of a heart attack. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Mary' ensures patients who come to the Emergency Department with chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care are part of St. Joseph's overall cardiac care services.

Premiere Award for Quality

St. Mary’s Medical Center was recognized by the Premier Inc., Health Care Alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality in all clinical areas measured. Participating hospitals report quality data to Premier Inc., which then submits it to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for five high-volume inpatient conditions. These are:
  • Heart attack (AMI)
  • Heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Hip and knee replacement.

Accreditation Awarded by the American College of Radiology

St. Mary’s Medical Center earned a three-year accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head, spine and musculoskeletal system, and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for adhering to high quality standards. To receive accreditation, a facility must undergo a peer review evaluation conducted by board-certified physicians.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Ranked Among Top 30 in Nation by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission scored St. Mary’s Medical Center in the top 30 hospitals across Missouri and the nation in terms of quality and safety.

Each quarter the Joint Commission assesses risk at accredited hospitals using a tool called the Strategic Surveillance (S3). S3 scores are determined for each hospital by reviewing core measures, past citations, MSDRGs, complication and mortality rates and patient satisfaction scores. The lower the S3 score, the better a hospital’s performance. For fourth quarter 2009, St. Mary’s cumulative S3 score was 93, placing them in the top 30.