Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance Formalized
As part of Hartford HealthCare’s Cancer Institute, MidState’s Cancer Center was offi- cially certified this fall as part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Formalization of the relationship followed a year of collaboration to ensure that HHCCI’s programs and processes were aligned with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s world-class standards.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance was established as a way to rapidly move innovative, evidence-based cancer care to the community health care setting, where the vast majority of people receive care. The cancer programs of Hartford HealthCare partner hospitals collectively make up the HHCCI. The institute was chosen to be the first MSK Cancer Alliance member because of its dedication to delivering high-quality, consistent care to patients in the communities it serves.
Cancer Center Accreditation Continues
Recognizing the MidState Cancer Center’s consistently excellent quality of care, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) has accredited the program for another three years. The center has held this accreditation continuously since 1971. Accreditation indicates that the center, among other criteria, meets all CoC standards, provides quality care close to home, offers comprehensive care and employs a multidisci- plinary approach.
Lung Cancer Screening Program Honored
MidState’s Lung Cancer Screening Program has been certified by the Lung Cancer Alliance as a Screening Center of Excellence. Certification indicates that MidState’s program meets the Lung Cancer Alliance’s standards for quality, which include patient education; use of best practices; a multidisciplinary approach; continuum of care and more.
MidState’s program was established after a national research study showed that, in people at high risk for lung cancer, low-dose chest CT scans could detect the disease early and reduce lung cancer death by 20 percent. The program has screened more than 300 people in the past year and detected six cases of early lung cancer. The screenings have been provided at no cost to patients who meet certain criteria:
- Current or former smoker (having quit in the last 15 years)
- Between ages 55 and 74
- Smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.)
- No history of lung cancer in the last five years
- Between ages 50 and 54 with a secondary lung exposure such as radon, occupational hazard, family history of lung cancer or chronic ob- structive pulmonary disease
Medicine team as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in the Workplace Award. The award recognizes a workplace that empowers nurses to create an environment that promotes professional autonomy and control over nursing practice. All nurses on the team are board certified in wound care or hyperbaric medicine. The team’s healing rate of more than 92 percent and its patient satisfaction scores of more than 94 percent consistently exceed national averages.
MidState Among Most Wired—Again!
For the fifth consecutive year, MidState Medical Center has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. To be named among the Most Wired, hospitals must meet a set of rigorous criteria and have made significant gains by using information technology to better connect care providers and reduce the likelihood of medical errors.
Wound Care Team Wins Statewide Award
The Connecticut Nurses Association selected MidState’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine team as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in the Workplace Award. The award recognizes a workplace that empowers nurses to create an environment that promotes professional autonomy and control over nursing practice. All nurses on the team are board certified in wound care or hyperbaric medicine. The team’s healing rate of more than 92 percent and its patient satisfaction scores of more than 94 percent consistently exceed national averages.
Senior ED Services Win MidState First Place
The MidState Emergency Department’s Senior Emergency Care Services initiative was awarded first place in the Improved Transitions of Care category when Hartford HealthCare held its Patient Experience Collaborative earlier this year. MidState launched the senior- focused initiative in spring 2013. It aims to provide patients over 65 with services needed to maintain their independence and overall health and to create a smooth transition from ED to home.
International Group Reaccredits Wound Care Center
MidState’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center was reaccredited this year by the national Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, an international, nonprofit organization that is the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide. The society’s accreditation program recognizes hyperbaric facilities that demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety.