Accreditation is another indicator that can be used to judge quality. Accreditation is a "seal of approval" given by a private, independent group. Health care organizations---such as hospitals---must meet national standards, including clinical performance measures, in order to be accredited. Excela Health is accredited by The Joint Commission (link to their site).
Patients may contact the Joint Commission directly at the following address:
Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
ACCREDITATIONS, LICENSURES AND AWARDS
Frick, Latrobe, and Westmoreland Hospitals are accredited by:
- The Joint Commission
- The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS)
- The College of American Pathologist Laboratory Services
Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals are licensed by:
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health
Patients may contact the Department of Health directly at the following address:
Acute and Ambulatory Care Services
Health and Welfare Building, Room 532
625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Our hospitals have been awarded the Silver Level Award from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety for emergency management planning and coordination.
Latrobe Hospital accredited as a:
- Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Norwin Surgery Center at Excela Square, North Huntingdon, accredited as an:
- Ambulatory Care Center by the Joint Commission
AWARD WINNING CARE
Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by Consumer Reports in print and online (consumerreports.org/health). Consumer Reports partnered with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) to published first ever ratings of hospitals providing heart surgery based on their performance in the area of heart bypass (CABG) and valve replacement. Excela Health earned top scores in CABG. It is the “gold standard” for evaluation of cardiac surgery programs.
The Excela Health Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Associates continues to rank among the Top 10 percent nationally, having received a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). As reported in Consumer Reports in print and online, Excela’s cardiothoracic surgical program was ranked among the nation’s best. The STS report is the “gold standard” for evaluation of cardiac surgery programs. Consumer Reports partnered with the STS to publish these ratings.
The Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) program again continues its accreditation to Excela Health’s cardiac catheterization laboratory and angioplasty/stenting program. ACE accreditation recognizes the commitment of clinicians and staff to quality assurance, peer review, and the use of evidence-based guidelines. Excela Health is the first health system in Pennsylvania and only the fifth in the nation to receive it. According to Bonnie Weiner, MD, MSEC, MBV, FSCAI, chief medical officer and chair of ACE’s board of directors and director of interventional cardiology research at St. Vincent Hospital, Worchester Medical Center, Worchester, Mass., “By seeking ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation, Excela Health has shown that it has an uncompromising commitment to provide safe, high quality care. The willingness to be evaluated against nationally accepted gold standard practices demonstrates a desire to meet the highest quality standards set by the experts in cardiac and endovascular care.” ACE is sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention and the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the two leading professional cardiovascular organizations jointly representing more than 40,000 practitioners.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to recognize Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital as one of the first in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center Plussm designation in the area of cardiac care as part of the Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care® program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has lauded the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and its five primary care practices with its highest recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long term, participative relationships – the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognized Practice. The recognition demonstrated that the named Excela Health practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the “right care, at the right time” according to NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. The recognition is valid for three years and points to our ability to meet the program’s key elements while embodying characteristics of the medical home.
Frick Hospital's Emergency Department has been recognized consistently over the last several years for sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction, while becoming a model and leader for the organization. Consistently ranking within the 90th percentile and above among like-size hospitals in patient satisfaction since 2005, the Emergency Department has been designated a Press Ganey Success Story Finalist (2006), Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Operational Excellence Award (2007) winner, and a Press Ganey Forum Best Practice Award (2007) recipient.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) named Excela Health's Bariatric Surgery Center a Center of Excellence©. This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Accreditation by the ASMBS Review Committee recognized Excela's commitment to the highest standards of care.
Excela Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation was awarded to Excela Latrobe and Westmoreland hospitals. Experts conducted peer review evaluations and determined that Excela Health has achieved high practice standards.
Excela Health continued its recognition as a Healthiest 100 Workplace two years running. This honor is based on continued recognition as one of the "Healthiest Employers of Western Pennsylvania", which in 2015, marked the fifth consecutive year. The Pittsburgh Business Times, a local business and industry publication, partnered with Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employer LLC to find the healthiest workplaces in western Pennsylvania.