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EXCELA HEALTH CONTINUES TO EXCEL IN PATIENT SAFETY

LATROBE, PA. …  Excela Health and Latrobe Hospital are once again recognized for safe patient care, having received an ‘A’ in The Leapfrog Groups Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Excela Latrobe Hospital’s continuing efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. 

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EXCELA HEALTH REMAINS AMONG NATION’S HEALTHIEST 100 WORKPLACES

GREENSBURG, PA. … Excela Health has been recognized for the fifth year in a row as a Healthiest 100 Workplace in America, an awards program presented by Healthiest Employer, LLC.  

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JOINT COMMISSION RECOGNIZES EXCELA HEALTH FOR ADVANCING QUALITY

GREENSBURG, PA. … The Joint Commission has recognized Excela Health  as a 2018 Pioneers in Quality™ Solution Contributor for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.

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NEW PARTNERSHIP WILL SERVE BEREAVED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
LATROBE, PA … The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Excela Health and Seton Hill University will commemorate a new partnership to serve bereaved children and their families in Westmoreland County. On November 13, 2018, beginning at 11:30 AM in the Fred M. Rogers Building, the partners will host a press conference to unveil the brochure “When Someone Your Child Loves Dies: A Guide from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media and discuss emerging services to support parents and other adults as they care for a grieving child.    read more ...



WESTMORELAND COUNTY’S HIGH LUNG CANCER INCIDENCE RATE COMBATTED BY EXCELA HEALTH

GREENSBURG, Pa., … Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States, often precipitated by a lifetime of tobacco use.  With Westmoreland County exceeding the state and national incidence rate for lung cancer, Excela Health offers a breath of fresh air to the community through a wide range of lung services. The topic is particularly relevant during November, which is designated Lung Cancer Awareness Month and when the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout occurs  - this year on November 15. 

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EXCELA HEALTH PRIMARY CARE WEEKENDS NOW IN THREE LOCATIONS

GREENSBURG, PA, … Excela Health is expanding its popular Primary Care Weekends to a third location – Greensburg – starting Saturday, Oct. 13. The office is located on the Westmoreland Hospital campus in Medical Commons One, 530 South Street, Third Floor, Suite 360, inside Diagnostic Associates.

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ONLINE SCHEDULING FOR MAMMOGRAMS AVAILABLE AT EXCELA HEALTH

GREENSBURG, PA … Scheduling a mammogram is more convenient than ever, as Excela Health offers online scheduling. By visiting www.excelahealth.org/ScheduleMyMammo patients are able to schedule their mammogram and receive an appointment confirmation within 24 business hours. Patients provide their contact information along with two preferred appointment locations, dates and times, and Excela Health’s schedulers do the rest. 

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EXCELA HEALTH RECOGNIZED ON HEPATITIS B BIRTH DOSE HONOR ROLL

GREENSBURG, PA … The best way to protect newborn babies from Hepatitis B is vaccination. Excela Health and the Family Additions Maternity Center at Westmoreland Hospital provide Hepatitis B vaccinations to newborns within hours of delivery. Through this patient safety initiative, the hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) on its nationwide honor roll.  Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital is one of 407 hospitals in the United States to achieve this distinction, with a 91% reported hepatitis B birth vaccine coverage rate from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. 

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EXCELA HEALTH AMONG NATION’S HEROES IN INFECTION PREVENTION

GREENSBURG, PA. … An Excela Health continuous improvement team focused on infection prevention and control was selected as one of the 2018 Heroes in Infection Prevention Award recipients by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The Heroes of Infection Prevention Award honors those who have succeeded in reducing infection, raising awareness and improving the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers and the public. Recipients were recognized during the APIC conference held in Minneapolis in June, and will be featured in a future issue of Prevention Strategist. 

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PATIENT EXPERIENCE AT EXCELA HEALTH AFFIRMS POSITIVE CARECHEX® RATINGS

GREENSBURG, PA … When it comes to elective surgery, patients know they have a choice of provider and are doing their homework before committing to a surgeon or a hospital for care.  Internet research yields an abundance of data regarding the vast differences in quality of care and patient experience among health care organizations.

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EXCELA HEALTH CONTINUES PROMOTING SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATION

GREENSBURG, Pa. … Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital is the latest community location for the safe, secure disposal of unused medications.  A MedSafe receptacle is now available in the main lobby on the hospital’s first floor. A similar container was placed at Excela Latrobe Hospital in April.  The health system hopes to roll out the program to Excela Frick Hospital in the upcoming months.

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN HEALTH CARE

 LATROBE, PA. … Applications for the Thomas P. Gessner, MD Healthcare Scholarship are being accepted by Excela Health.  The fund, administered by the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation where Dr. Gessner is foundation board chairman, was established in 2005 by the Latrobe Hospital medical staff to honor the physician for his 28 years of service.  

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