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Excela Health hospitals – Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland – designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission.

Joint Commission

Excela Health hospitals - Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland - have been designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for exceeding national standards for quality patient care and demonstrating proficiency in the presentation and early management of stroke and TIA based on guidelines established by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for health care professionals.

Excela Health CDI Lean Team selected as a 2018 Heroes in Infection Prevention Award recipient from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Heroes

The Excela Health CDI Lean Team was selected as a 2018 Heroes in Infection Prevention Award recipient from APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists. The comprehensive team was comprised of members from infection control, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, and environmental services.

Hospitals awarded Silver Level Award from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.

Westmoreland County

Our hospitals have been awarded the Silver Level Award from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety for emergency management planning and coordination.

Excela Health named among the "Nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness® by SynBella​.
The National Association for Business Resources has again named Excela Health among the "Nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness®," a program honoring companies and organizations recognizing and celebrating quality and excellence in employee and worksite health. Winning companies were evaluated by an assessment created and administered by SynBella, the nation's leading wellness systems firm. Company entries are examined statistically for quantitative data and examined based on criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness. Those criteria include outcomes, analysis and tracking, participation and incentives, benefits and programs, leadership, employee input, culture and environment.

Excela Health recognized as a Healthiest 100 Workplace in America by Springbuk®.

Healthiest 100

Excela Health has been recognized as a Healthiest 100 Workplace in America, an awards program presented by Springbuk®. More than 5,000 employers applied for the award nationally. Excela Health continued its recognition as one of the "Healthiest Employers of Western Pennsylvania," which in 2017, marked the seventh 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.

Excela Health awarded 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management (Teddy) Award.

Teddy Award

Excela Health has been awarded a 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management (Teddy) Award. The Teddy Award program recognizes excellence in workers’ compensation risk management and is presented by Risk & Insurance magazine. Excela Health is one of four winning programs and five honorable mentions. Award winners were selected from nominees nationwide. Award criteria include achieving measurable performance results, as well creativity and resourcefulness in solving workers’ compensation challenges. A panel of judges consisting of industry professionals, including past Teddy Award winners, selects the winners.

Excela Health recognized as a Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

PABC

Since 2008, Excela Health has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. Excela Health has an additional honor from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition newly identifying us as an "Exceptionally Supportive Employer."

Excela Health awarded the Energy to Care Award.

ASHE

Excela Health ranks among the nation's leaders in energy efficiency and is one of only two health systems in Pennsylvania to receive the Energy to Care Award. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association recognized Excela Health at its 53rd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition. The program, sponsored by Johnson Controls, encourages hospitals across the country to reduce energy consumption. This is the second consecutive year that Excela Health has received this honor on behalf of one or more of its hospitals.

Bariatrics Awards

The Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Program is a MBSAQIP-Accredited Center – Comprehensive.

MBSQIP

The Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Program has achieved National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care, making us an MBSAQIP-Accredited Center – Comprehensive. The MBSAQIP® is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. The standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, that improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

Excela Health's bariatric surgery program named as a Blue Distinction Center Plus.

Blue Distinction

Excela Health's bariatric surgery program has been named as Blue Distinction Centers Plus. The designation is given to hospitals who are 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.

Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Program

Family Medicine Residency Awards

Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and its five primary care practices recognized as NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognized Practices.

NCQA

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.

Baldwin Award

Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and the Family Medicine Residency Program are the recipients of the 3rd annual DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Sponsoring Institution Award given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Founded in 2016, this award is presented to accredited residency/fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional development of learners. The award focuses on the importance of creating environments that completely elevate the concept of humanism in medicine so that all health care professionals are supported.

Family Additions Maternity Center Awards

Crib for Kids

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Excela Health is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

Excela Health Named Among Nation's Best Maternity Hospitals

BEST

The Family Additions Maternity Center at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital remains ranked among the nation’s best, and the only one in southwestern Pennsylvania featured in the Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 edition of Newsweek, which publishes the honor roll annually. For the second year in a row, Excela Health is one of 217 hospitals across 36 states on this list which is compiled by the news magazine in partnership with The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that reports on the safety and quality performance of U.S. healthcare facilities. To be considered for the list, hospitals had to demonstrate adherence to a variety of standards for excellence in maternity care including low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries and follow important protocols to protect mothers and babies.

Excela Health's maternity care named as a Blue Distinction Center Plus.

Blue Distinction

Excela Health's maternity care has been named as Blue Distinction Centers Plus. The designation is given to hospitals who are 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.

Heart, Lung & Vascular Institute Awards

Excela Health Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Westmoreland Hospital is accredited by the Association for Cardiovascular Excellence for Cardiovascular Excellence.

Cardiovascular Excellence

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.

Westmoreland Hospital

Excela Health named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Screening Center of Excellence

Excela Health has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Designated screening centers of excellence are committed to providing clear information based on current evidence about who is a candidate for lung cancer screening and complies with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program.

Excela Health's Cardiac Care named as a Blue Distinction Center Plus.

Blue Distinction Center

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.

U.S. News

Having reviewed hospitals for the past 27 years, rankings evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide, helping to guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. To determine the rankings for Best Hospitals, objective measures such as patient outcomes, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, and adequacy of the nursing staff, among others, are used. In addition to national rankings, hospitals were also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in North Carolina. The rankings are published in the U.S. News" Best Hospitals 2019" guidebook.

Imaging Awards

Excela Health designated aBreast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

ACR

Excela Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellenceby 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.

Nursing Awards

Excela Health Holds System Magnet® Designation

MAGNET

Excela Health is proud to hold System Magnet® Designation. This is a reflection of our nursing professionalism, strong collaboration and teamwork, and superiority in patient care. This honor was bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Just eight percent of U.S. healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet® recognition. In Pennsylvania, only 35 healthcare organizations hold this designation.

Orthopedics Institute Awards

Blue Distinction Center Plus

Excela Health's knee and hip replacement program (called Joint Works) has been named as Blue Distinction Centers Plus. The designation is given to hospitals who are 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.

U.S. News

Having reviewed hospitals for the past 27 years, rankings evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide, helping to guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. To determine the rankings for Best Hospitals, objective measures such as patient outcomes, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, and adequacy of the nursing staff, among others, are used. In addition to national rankings, hospitals were also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in North Carolina. The rankings are published in the U.S. News" Best Hospitals 2019" guidebook.

Accreditations and Licensures

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. 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
Telephone: 1-800-994-6610
Fax: 630-792-5636
Email: complaint@jointcommission.org

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
Telephone: 1-800-254-5164

Latrobe Hospital is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has once again granted a three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. To earn this accreditation, one must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient care.

Norwin Surgery Center at Excela Square, North Huntingdon, is accredited as an Ambulatory Care Center by the Joint Commission.

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