You have many choices
when it comes to your health care, and you may want to know how we compare to your other options. For us, quality of patient care has always been, and will always be, paramount to the mission of Samaritan Health Services. We spend significant time and effort to provide the best care possible for our patients and are continuously seeking new ways to do it even better. We do this, in part, by measuring quality, patient satisfaction and collecting and sharing clinical outcome data.
All SHS-affiliated hospitals collect and report clinical performance data as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We support the release of quality information to the public as a means of educating our communities and raising the bar for medical performance.
By visiting www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
you can obtain information on quality measures for some common conditions that hospitals treat. There are evidence-based measures for each condition that have been proven to ensure the best outcomes for patients. For example, giving a patient who is suffering a heart attack an aspirin has been shown to improve the outcome of that patient. Therefore, the administering of aspirin to patients with this condition is recommended and hospitals are rated on this activity. The goal would be for a hospital to give aspirin to heart attack patients in 100 percent of cases.
The Hospital Compare Web site is interactive and allows you to search for the specific information and hospitals you are interested in. There are also understandable definitions of each quality measure. It is the goal of SHS to reach 100 percent for every measure.
We recommend that you use this information to start conversations with your physician and other clinical caregivers. (Please note the SHS data reported on Hospital Compare is approximately six months behind.
SHS is proud of its collaborative environment, which enables hospitals, clinics and physicians to share best practices for meeting quality measures. The nature of the SHS network of health care entities allows for patient-centered efforts and practices to continually be reviewed and improved.
All SHS-affiliated hospitals and many of its health care entities are accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a CMS-approved accrediting organization.