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Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards and Recognitions

Quality & Value Cancer Cardiology Diabetes / Nutrition Environment
General Surgery Imaging Intensive & Critical Care Nursing Orthopedics & Spine
Rehab Stroke Workplace

Quality and Value

US News & World Report

Best Regional Hospital - US News & World Report (2014)

US News & World Report has named Kenmore Mercy Hospital among the best regional hospitals in the country and noted that Kenmore Mercy Hospital is a high performer in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.

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SDI Top 100 Integrated Health Systems

Top 100 Integrated Health Systems - Catholic Health (2008 - 2012)

This award encompasses the entire Catholic Health system and indicates that we are one of the 100 most integrated networks nationwide. Catholic Health ranked 42nd in the 2012 survey; no other healthcare system in Western New York ranked in the top 50.

Patient Safety Excellence Award

Patient Safety Excellence Award - HealthGrades (2012 - 2013)

For the second year in a row (2012-2013), Kenmore Mercy Hospital received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and was named among the top five percent of hospitals in the country for patient safety.

Kenmore Mercy is one of only three hospitals in New York State to receive the award for two consecutive years, which recognizes excellence in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable  complications during their hospital stays. The report, “Patient Safety and Satisfaction: The State of American Hospitals,” found that hospitals with the highest patient ratings in physician and nursing communication on average have fewer patient safety events.

Community Value Five Star Award

Cleverley + Associates - Community Value Index® (CVI) Five-Star Hospital Award (2009 - 2013)

Cleverley + Associates of Columbus, Ohio, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm, has named Kenmore Mercy Hospital as a five-star hospital, a national recognition for quality and value. The rating places Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the top 20 percent of Cleverley’s annual nationwide evaluation of hospitals in four key areas of performance including:

  • Financial stability
  • Cost structure
  • Charge structure
  • Quality performance

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Accreditation (2012 - 2015)

Commission accredited or certified organizations have demonstrated that they meet the highest standards in their field. All Catholic Health hospitals have earned accreditation by The Joint Commission.

Thomson 100 Top Hospitals

Thomson 100 Top Hospitals - Performance Improvement Leader (2004)

For 2004, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was named as one of the top 100 Hospitals - Performance Improvement Leaders in the Country by Thomson, a leading provider of strategic business and clinical information for the healthcare industry. Kenmore Mercy and its senior management team were recognized for consistently improving overall performance at a substantially faster rate than other U.S. hospitals. The study looked at several key areas over a five-year period from 1999-2003, including quality, operational efficiency, financial performance, and growth. 

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Cancer

American Cancer Society - 2007 Recognition Award - Smoke-Free Campus (2007)

For its efforts in becoming a smoke-free campus on January 1, 2008, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was presented with a 2007 Recognition Award from the American Cancer Society.

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Cardiology

Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award & Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll (2014)

This award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the five Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Measures and signifies that Kenmore Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

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Get With the Guidelines: Heart Failure

Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award & Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll (2013)

This award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the five Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Measures and signifies that Kenmore Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

Additionally, Kenmore Mercy is the only hospital in New York State to be recognized as a recipient of the Association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll for improving patient care and reducing hospital readmissions.

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Diabetes

American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association - Acceditation of Lifeskills Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (2003 - 2012)

The American Diabetes Association has recognized Catholic Health's Lifeskills program as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

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Environment

Kenmore-Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce - Green Globe Awards (2012)

This award recognizes the hospital for its work to implement and practice a green- or sustainability-focused business philosophy. More than 28 percent of the hospital's waste, that’s more than 528 tons, was recycled in 2012. Click here for details.

2013 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards

Practice Greenhealth - Partner Recognition Awards (2013)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has received the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, recognizing the hospital for its commitment to environmental practices and sustainability. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. Click here for details.

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General Surgery

HealthGrades

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Appendectomy (2011)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

HealthGrades

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Gastrointestinal Procedures and Surgeries (2012)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

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Imaging/Diagnostics

Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning - Three Year Accreditation (2010, 2012-2015)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was awarded a three-year accreditation for its computed tomography (CT) scanning by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR accreditation recognizes that the hospital’s CT scanning service has undergone a rigorous review process and meets nationally accepted standards of care.

Echocardiography Laboratories - Three Year Accreditation (2012)

With more than 10 million echocardiography tests performed in the U.S. annually, the information provided by this non-invasive test is one of the most useful tools in diagnosing and treating many types of heart disease.

The purpose of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Echocardiography Laboratories is "to ensure high quality patient care and to promote healthcare by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation."

Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained.

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Mammography - Accreditation (2012)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Imaging Department recently received an accreditation from the American College of Radiology for its newly installed Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography system.

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.

Nuclear Medicine - ICANLCertification (2011)

The purpose of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories is "to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation." Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of healthcare provided to patients.

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Intensive and Critical Care

Beacon Award for Excellence

Beacon Award for Excellence (2012)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was recognized as one of the nation's top hospital critical care units with receipt of the Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This national recognition highlights Kenmore Mercy’s accomplishments in fostering the highest standards of quality patient care as well as healthy work environments.

Criteria for receiving a Beacon Award include:

  • leadership structures and systems;
  • appropriate staffing and staff engagement;
  • effective communications, knowledge management, learning and development and best practices;
  • evidence-based practice and processes;
  • and patient outcomes.

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Nursing

Pathway

Pathway to Excellence (2012)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was awarded the prestigious Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, becoming the first hospital in Western New York to achieve this recognition.

The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and identifies it as having high nurse satisfaction and retention.

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment - as defined by nurses and supported by research.

As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Kenmore Mercy Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace.

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Orthopedics and Spine Surgery

The Joint Commission - Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip and Knee Joint Replacements (2013)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission in both hip and knee joint replacements in 2013, making it one of only 12 hospitals in New York State to earn this dual distinction (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards). The Catholic Health hospital remains the first and only hospital in Western New York to merit this achievement since 2011.

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NerdWallet Health - Top 10 Least Expensive Hospital Providing Over 200 Knee and Hip Replacements Yearly (2013)

NerdWallet Health, a consumer finance website, recently ranked Kenmore Mercy Hospital among the best quality hospitals that offer high value for hip and knee replacements.

The study, featured in CNBC and Yahoo! Finance, looked at 2,750 hospitals across the U.S. and began by identifying hospitals that perform more than 200 hip and knee replacements each year, as medical studies show that patients at such institutions are less likely to experience complications, infections, and death.

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Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York - Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement (2013)

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions. Catholic Health hospitals are the only Buffalo area hospitals to receive this award.

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Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York - Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery (2013)

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than hospitals without these recognitions. Catholic Health hospitals are the only Buffalo area hospitals to receive this award.

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The Joint Commission

Joint Commission - Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement Certification (2011)

In 2011, Kenmore Mercy became the first hospital in the Buffalo area to receive Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement from the Joint Commission, the nation's most trusted healthcare regulatory body.

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HealthGrades® - America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

HealthGrades® - America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™(2012-2014)

Kenmore Mercy Hosptial has been named one of America's top 100 hospitals for orthopedic surgery. Click here for more information.

HealthGrades® - Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award (2014)

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HealthGrades® - Top 100 for Joint Replacement

HealthGrades® - Top 100 for Joint Replacement (2007 - 2014)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for joint replacement.

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HealthGrades® - Joint Replacement Excellence Award

HealthGrades® - Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2007 - 2014)

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HealthGrades

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement (2007 - 2014)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

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HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement (2007 - 2014)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

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HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Treatment

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Treatment (2014)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

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HealthGrades

HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement (2007 - 2013)

HealthGrades® rates individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses. A 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average.

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BlueCross and BlueShield Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery℠ and Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement℠ (2010)

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery℠ and Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement℠ provide a full range of orthopedic surgery care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.

HCIA, Inc. - 100 Top Hospitals - Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success (1999)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was named as one of the top 100 Orthopedic Hospitals in the country following the release of an independent study – 100 Top Hospitals: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success. The study, conducted by HCIA (Health Care Industries Association) and The Health Network, identified the 100 overall best-performing hospitals for orthopedic services including knee replacements, hip replacements, and fracture repair.

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Rehabilitation

Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) - Kenmore Mercy MRU Ranked Top 10% in U.S. (2008, 2009, 2011)

Kenmore Mercy's Medical Rehabilitation Unit (MRU) was ranked in the top 10 percent of 813 qualifying inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) in the United States for 2008, 2009 and 2011 by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The rankings were determined by using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM), a tool which identifies and recognizes facilities that perform at a high level.

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Certification of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (2011)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital received recertification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in 2011. The three-year certification recognizes programs rigorously reviewed by the national board who meet the AACVPR requirements for standards of care.

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Stroke

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission - Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification (2011, 2013)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was awarded a special certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke care program. The northtown facility is the first of the healthcare system’s hospitals to receive the Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification, which recognizes its cohesive approach to fostering better outcomes for stroke patients.

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Designated Stroke Center

Designated Stroke Center by New York State Department of Health (2006)

Stroke Center Designation assures patients that Kenmore Mercy Hospital meets the State’s stringent guidelines for stroke care. This includes being seen by a physician within 15 minutes of arrival in the ER; receiving a CT scan within 25 minutes; interpretation of CT results in 45 minutes; lab results in 45 minutes; and clot busting drugs within 60 minutes of arrival or 3 hours of symptom onset and catheter-based techniques that enable treatment up to 8 hours from symptom onset. 

2014 Get with the Guidelines - Stroke - Gold Plus

Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus & Target Stroke Honor Roll (2014)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

We also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster  tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability. 

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2013 Get with the Guidelines - Stroke - Gold Plus

Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (2013)

Kenmore Mercy Hospital received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award recognition for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals. The Plus achievement reflects at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 or more Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

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Workplace

Business First

Buffalo Business First - Best Places to Work Finalist (2013)

In 2013, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was named a finalist in Business First's Best Places to Work list.

"There are a lot of ways to measure a good company, but probably one of the best ways is through the employees themselves," said Business First Editor Jeff Wright. "What do they think of the place they work? How are they treated? Are they valued by their employer?"

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