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Milford Regional Medical Center Receives Recognition & Award

Aug 27, 2020 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Milford Regional Medical Center has been the recipient of some noteworthy accolades of late, including recognition as a High Performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, and a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association. 

Milford Regional Medical Center Named a High Performing Hospital

Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a High-Performing Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 6th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News’ mission of providing consumers with patient-decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

Milford Regional earned a “High Performing” rating for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

“Milford Regional is proud to be among the nation’s select hospitals recognized for high performance,” said Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center. “This is a tribute to everyone at Milford Regional who continually strives to not only meet, but exceed, the quality goals set before them. I want to congratulate them for this achievement knowing that our team at Milford Regional is already looking forward to further enhancements on the programs and services we now have in place.”

For the 2020-21 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 10 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 37 earned this rating in all 10 Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”

Milford Regional Medical Center Receives Prestigious Award

Milford Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Milford Regional 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 evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health and get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“Milford Regional is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Bert Thurlo-Walsh, MM, RN, CPHQ, Vice President for Clinical Transformation and Medical Staff Services/Chief Quality Officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Milford Regional has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Milford Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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