PRMC Receives Eliminating Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Award
Palmdale Regional Medical Center has been selected to receive an award from the ‘National Awards to Recognize Achievements in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections', sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Healthcare Quality and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, composed of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Palmdale Regional will receive a "Sustained Improvement Award for Achievements in Eliminating Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia".
This award indicates that out of 325 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) located in hospitals of Palmdale Regional Medical Center's size, PRMC uses ventilators 75 percent more than other ICUs. In addition, Palmdale Regional scored better than 90 percent of the other facilities in preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonias.
Organ Donation Award
Palmdale Regional Medical Center has been named as one of 22 hospitals throughout the seven-county greater Los Angeles area that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for meeting CMS standards for excellence in organ donation. The HHS Medal of Honor is awarded in three categories to hospitals with a minimum of eight potential organ donors during a 24-month period.
Palmdale Regional Medical Center was recognized with a bronze medal of honor for meeting or exceeding the national conversion rate goal of 75 percent during the 24-month measurement period. The conversion rate refers to the number of organ donors recovered as a percentage of all eligible potential donors. The tangible impact of Palmdale Regional Medical Center’s efforts is a total of 12 organs recovered for transplant and the 12 recipients of these organs who now have a second chance at a healthy life.
Medline Pressure Ulcer Prevention Award
Palmdale Regional Medical Center received Medline’s PUPP (Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program) Award. The PUPP award of excellence was presented to PRMC from Medline and signifies results while on the program – either by dramatically decreasing the incidence of facility-acquired pressure ulcers, or by maintaining zero facility acquired pressure ulcers over an extended period of time. Medline extended the award to PRMC to not only recognize these outstanding successes in the prevention of pressure ulcers, but to also thank the hospital for dedication to excellent patient care. Medline’s Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program encompasses interactive online staff education, best-in-class products, and on-going program management to assist healthcare facilities in their pressure ulcer prevention efforts.
Most Improved – Core Measures
Palmdale Regional Medical Center received a very prestigious Service Excellence award from the Universal Health Services corporate offices for “Most Improved—Core Measures—Acute Care Division”. This award is given within the hospital’s management company system, but it is publicly reported data.
Core Measures comprise 70% of Value Based Purchasing and is directly tied to reimbursement from CMS (Medicare/Medicaid). While the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey) scores are based on patient perception of care received, Core Measures are based on actual Evidence Based Best Practice Objectives for safe patient care accomplished through our healthcare professionals.
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