Awards & Recognition
American Heart Association & American Stroke Association
Mission: Lifeline® is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance systems of care for patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), with the goal of reducing mortality of STEMI patients and improving the quality of their care.
Get With The Guidelines, Resuscitation
The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program recognizes Augusta Health for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital. The program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-emergency care.
- 2014 - Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation, Silver Award
Get With The Guidelines, Stroke
The American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines award recognizes Augusta Health's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
Becker's Hospital Review
Becker's Hospital Review publishes an annual review of "100 Great Community Hospitals" that includes hospitals with fewer than 550 beds, with a dedicated to high quality care and service to the community. The editorial team selects these community hospitals based on ranking and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, HealthGrades and The Joint Commission—all rankings of quality and service. Becker's notes that hospitals do not pay and cannot pay to be included on the list.
Cleverly + Associates
The Community Value Index score, calculated annually by Cleverley + Associates, provides a relative ranking that benchmarks hospitals against hospitals in a peer group by measuring four areas—hospital quality performance, financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost structure and hospital charge structure. Fundamentally, the Community Value Index asserts that a hospital provides value to its community when it provides high quality care to its patients, is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure and has reasonable charges.
Hospitals operating with a high Community Value Index are low cost, low charge, and use their strong financial position to reinvest back into the provision of quality care at their facility. Hospitals in the top 20% are designated "Community Value Five Star" facilities, and the highest scoring hospitals in this group are designated the "Community Value 100" hospitals. Augusta Health received both designations.
Home Health Care Provider of HomeCare Elite™
This annual review identifies the Top 25% of agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.
Thomson Reuters/Truven 100 Top Hospitals
Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 100 hospitals on the list demonstrate high-quality patient outcomes while improving efficiency. The objective, independent research evaluated nearly 3000 hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.
Virginia Health Quality Center
Augusta Health is among eight hospitals in Maryland and Virginia to receive the Virginia Health Quality Center 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award recognizes hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and who are creating a culture of patient safety. All hospitals enrolled in the VHQC Maryland-Virginia HAI Improvement Network were reviewed, based on 2015 calendar-year performance
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Accredited Center
To meet the AASM Standards for Accreditation, the Augusta Health Sleep Clinic demonstrates excellence in patient evaluation and care, physician and staff training, equipment and facilities, emergency procedures, and other areas relevant to patient care.
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Certification
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular and pulmonary problems, to recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families. The AACVPR is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines.
American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer
Based on the outstanding Cancer Center program at Augusta Health, the program receives full Cancer Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, a status it has maintained since 1994. The 2009 accreditation decision recognized the Augusta Health Cancer Center program in a new category, The Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program, based on the growth in volumes that have taken place in the last three years.
- September 2015 – More About the Commission on Cancer
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
- Reaccredited June 2016
The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification
Augusta Health demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death.
- February 2016 – More about the Stroke Center Certification
College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation
The Augusta Health Main Laboratory has been awarded accreditation based on results from an on-site inspection. There are more than 7,000 CAP accredited facilities worldwide. During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
- June 2016 – More about CAP certification
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
The Augusta Health Breast Health Program is the first hospital in the region to receive full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation is granted only to those centers that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of performance and compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care covering 17 components of care. The next closest accredited programs are in Winchester and Richmond.
- April 2014 – Read More about the NAPBC
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology
Augusta Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
- October 2016
Mammography Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology
Augusta Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
- September 2016
Nuclear Medicine Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology
Augusta Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.
Radiation Oncology Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology
Augusta Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient's pain.
Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC )
Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (coronary angioplasty)
The Accredited Chest Pain Center's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Society of Chest Pain Centers
If you're having a heart attack, getting high-quality treatment quickly can make all the difference. That's why Augusta Health has worked successfully toward becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The society sets high standards to assure that proper patient care protocols are followed, producing the best possible results.