Summit Pacific Medical Center was recently recognized as one of 13 rural hospitals in Washington State identified for its high quality of care. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) honored the hospitals in Washington State that participated in its Critical Access Hospital Achievement of Quality Excellence program at its Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan in June. Each participating hospital worked on assigned quality improvement projects before submitting data on up to 14 quality improvement measures including, antibiotic stewardship, reducing diagnostic errors, preventing patient falls and working to address social determinants of health. Hospitals regularly submit data and participate in quality improvement initiatives; however, this is the association’s first year offering a special recognition program to critical access hospitals to honor their work and participation in tracking their performance.
“WSHA’s Critical Access Hospital Achievement of Quality Excellence Program offers a new way to recognize our smallest and most rural hospitals for their work ensuring outstanding care to their communities,” said Darcy Jaffe, WSHA Senior Vice President of Safety and Quality. “There are so many elements that constitute quality care, requiring lots of meaningful collaboration and communication at the bedside as well as larger review of trends to identify areas for improvement. These hospitals have shown that they are up for the task.”
Critical access hospitals are those that have 25 or fewer beds, are located more than 35 miles from another hospital, maintain an average length of stay of 96 hours of less for acute care patients and provide 24/7 emergency services.
“Summit Pacific Medical Center is committed to providing safe care and excellent service to our patients and community. The quality data we collect, and report reflects our commitment to identifying opportunities for improvement and working every day to get closer to our vision of excellence”, Cecelia Tapp, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Summit Pacific Medical Center.
Summit Pacific is a vibrant and expanding nonprofit public hospital district serving east Grays Harbor County, Washington. Founded in 1982, Summit Pacific now operates three locations comprised of a critical access hospital, primary care clinics, an urgent care clinic and a range of ancillary and specialty services. Summit Pacific’s vision is “Through Summit Care, we will build the healthiest community in the Nation.” To learn more about Summit Pacific, visit www.summitpacificmedicalcenter.org.