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St. Clair Hospital Named Among 100 Top Hospitals

IBM Watson Health today named St. Clair Hospital one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for 2020. This marks the third consecutive year and fifth time since 2012 that St. Clair has won this prestigious honor.

The 100 Top Hospitals are selected annually based solely on an objective analysis of multiple measures of patient safety, quality, patient satisfaction, and operational efficiency. All acute care hospitals in the United States are evaluated for potential inclusion on the list.

Joining St. Clair are such notable institutions as Stanford, UCLA, the University of Florida, and NorthShore University Health System (Evanston, Ill.). St. Clair is one of just 32 hospitals to make the list in three consecutive years.

“Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health. “Organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation.”

John T. Sullivan, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Medical Officer at St. Clair, said, “At a time when great health care has never been more important, we’re proud of the health care heroes who’ve made St. Clair one of the nation’s highest quality hospitals.”

In an accompanying study, IBM Watson Health notes that, if all hospitals in the nation performed at the level of the 100 Top Hospitals, more than 106,000 lives could be saved, 49,000 patients could be complication free, and the cost of health care could be reduced by $8.3 billion.

Today’s announcement continues a tradition of excellence that is unsurpassed in western Pennsylvania. In recent years, St. Clair has received accolades from U.S. News & World Report, the Leapfrog Group, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), CareChex, Healthgrades, and others. St. Clair is western Pennsylvania’s exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

 

About St. Clair Hospital

St. Clair Hospital is a nationally recognized integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. In 2016, it became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. As the region’s largest independent hospital, St. Clair participates with all major insurers.

St. Clair Hospital Resumes Elective Testing and Surgical Procedures

Mt. LEBANON, Pa. – St. Clair Hospital this week resumed elective testing and diagnostic procedures for patients at its main campus and its Village Square Outpatient Center. Elective surgeries will resume on Monday, May 11.

The resumption of all medically necessary care follows guidance, issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health on Monday, April 27, that hospitals across the state may resume the performance of elective care while considering a ‘roadmap’ issued by the American Hospital Association in conjunction with several medical and nursing professional associations.

In a communication sent on Wednesday, May 6, St. Clair recommended to its patients that essential medical care not be further delayed, and outlined numerous actions the Hospital is taking to keep its patients safe.  Key among these actions is the use of screening and testing protocols developed by its clinical experts with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as St. Clair’s clinical partner, Mayo Clinic.  Other key actions address steps to maintain a clean and safe environment: continued restrictions on visitors; promotion of social distancing; and the use of masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE) to safeguard patients and staff.

Also, as of Monday, May 4, St. Clair’s affiliated multispecialty group, St. Clair Medical Services, resumed providing routine in-office care, along with its continued use of telemedicine. St. Clair Medical Services has more than 130 physicians in the group, practicing at more than 35 sites across the South Hills. The offices will likewise have enhanced protections for returning patients.

In its communication to patients, St. Clair stressed the danger of ‘late presentation’ of serious illness, while recognizing that patients need to feel safe in coming to its facilities for care.  On Thursday, April 30, the Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading watchdog for patient safety, again gave St. Clair a hospital safety grade of ‘A’, marking eight consecutive years of receiving the highest grade possible.  The grade reflects a composite score of how well hospitals protect patients from harm, including avoiding hospital-acquired infections.  St. Clair is the region’s only hospital, and among just the best 2 percent in the country, to receive a hospital safety grade of ‘A’ for eight consecutive years from the Leapfrog Group.

St. Clair Hospital Leads The Region With Its 16th Consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade From The Leapfrog Group

MT. LEBANON, Pa. – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Spring 2020, awarding St. Clair Hospital an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.  St. Clair Hospital’s A grade is the Hospital’s 16th consecutive A, placing St. Clair amongst the top hospitals in the country and the leader in the region for patient safety.  The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

St. Clair Hospital Closes to Visitors, Effective Sunday, March 22

MT. LEBANON, Pa. – Effective Sunday, March 22, St. Clair Hospital is closing the Hospital to visitors. This measure is essential to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.

Permitted circumstances will require exceptions to be made. Those rare exceptions will be determined by a patient’s clinical care team on a case by case basis.

A more complete description of the new visitation policy can be found on the Hospital’s website, www.stclair.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

All permitted visitors will be screened for cough, fever, difficulty breathing or contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Clair Hospital Revises Its Visitation Guidelines

MT. LEBANON, Pa. (March 16, 2020) – In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, St. Clair Hospital today announced immediate, new restrictions on patient visitation. The revised policy, intended to protect patients, families and employees, will continue until further notice.

Under the revised policy, for most areas of the Hospital, visitation hours will be restricted to two, 2-hour periods, and patients in those areas of the Hospital will be limited to one visitor per visitation period.  In certain circumstances, limited exceptions will apply.  Patients in the Family Birth, Pediatric, and Psychiatric units of the Hospital will be permitted to have up to two visitors during visiting hours, which are defined on a unit-specific basis.   Visitors will be screened upon entering the Hospital, and must wash their hands upon entering and exiting both the patient’s room and the Hospital. Visitors must also wear a Hospital-issued identification badge.

Family and friends are asked to refrain from visiting patients if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness themselves, such as fever, cough or sore throat.  No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted.

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St. Clair Designated as Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence

UPMC Health Plan announced it has designated St. Clair Hospital as a UPMC Health Plan Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence.

This UPMC Health Plan program recognizes surgical facilities and orthopedic surgeons who demonstrate high quality outcomes, low complication rates, and the best patient experience for UPMC Health Plan members in need of joint replacement surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Brett C. Perricelli, M.D., who performs hip and knee joint replacement surgery exclusively at St. Clair Hospital, was cited for demonstrating rigorous quality measures with excellent outcomes and exceptional patient experiences. Dr. Perricelli practices with South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates.

St. Clair Hospital Leads The Region With Its 15th Consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade From The Leapfrog Group

MT. LEBANON, Pa.  – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2019, awarding St. Clair Hospital an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.  St. Clair Hospital’s A grade is the Hospital’s 15th consecutive A, placing St. Clair amongst the top hospitals in the country and the leader in the region for patient safety.  The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

St. Clair Hospital Named A ‘Most Wired’ Hospital

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – St. Clair Hospital has been named a Level 8 Most Wired hospital in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ (CHIME) 2019 Most Wired Survey. A Level 8 designation highlights hospitals that have deployed technologies and strategies (e.g., population health/cost-of-care analytics, HIEs/integration engines, and patient portals) to help them analyze their data and are achieving meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes.

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Groundbreaking Medical Announcement on Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Replacement Made at St. Clair Hospital Heart Team Summit

MT. LEBANON, Pa.  (August 16, 2019) – Lead author of a groundbreaking study on Transcatheter Aortic Valve-Replacement (TAVR), Michael Mack, M.D., Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Baylor Health Care System, announced today FDA approval of TAVR for low risk patients at St. Clair Hospital’s Heart Team Summit.

This announcement expands the availability of TAVR for all patients with aortic stenosis, not just those who are at high-risk.

TAVR is offered at St. Clair Hospital by Andy Kiser, M.D., and Ryan Zuzek, M.D.

About St. Clair Hospital

St. Clair Hospital is a nationally recognized integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. In 2016, it became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. As the region’s largest independent hospital, St. Clair participates with all major insurers.

St. Clair Hospital Receives Its 14th Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

MT. LEBANON, Pa.  (May 15, 2019) – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Spring 2019, awarding St. Clair Hospital an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.  St. Clair Hospital’s A grade is the Hospital’s 14th consecutive A, placing St. Clair amongst the top hospitals in the country for patient safety.  The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.  

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