Business Notes, August 14, 2022

SHARON — Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, received a five-star rating — the highest overall — from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of patient care, according to a statement.

The overall rating, ranging from one to five stars, provides consumers with a summary of a hospital’s overall quality performance in a single summary score. Scores are determined from a variety of reported data, including mortality, safety of care, timely and effective care, readmissions, and patient experience.

Sharon Hospital is one of three hospitals in Connecticut with a five-star rating and one of 429 facilities nationwide with the highest score.

“Our third consecutive five-star rating is a mark of our inspiring healthcare professionals who share our culture, a culture dedicated to excellence and the best outcomes for every patient,” said Christina McCulloch, the hospital’s new president. . “We thank you, our community, for the support that has helped us achieve this goal, and to our staff for their dedicated leadership in quality and safety standards throughout the facility, especially during the pandemic.”

The CMS Hospital Rating System provides information about the quality of care at Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. The system provides consumers with an instant view of quality ratings and consumer-reported satisfaction. More than 3,000 hospitals are measured by the federal agency.

The accolade is one of many recent accolades for Sharon Hospital, including two previous five-star ratings from CMS in 2021 and 2020, alongside a Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association. / American Stroke Association. The facility also earned the highest ranking in 2022 for overall patient safety and quality of care from Vizient, Inc.

Learn more about Sharon Hospital at nuvancehealth.org/sharonhospitaltransformation.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Recognized for COPD Care

TORRINGTON — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital was recently recognized for its high standard of COPD care in the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Rankings and Ratings.

US News rankings and ratings are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for difficult health conditions or for common elective procedures.

“We are proud to be recognized by US News & World Report for Charlotte’s excellence in the treatment of COPD,” said Charlotte Hungerford Hospital President Bimal Patel. “This recognition is testament to the skill and dedication of our pulmonology providers and the entire Charlotte team. This demonstrates once again that our patients can receive the highest level of care right here in their community.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by US News & World Report for our efforts to treat COPD, a disease that affects so many in our community,” said John Capobianco, Senior Vice President, Northwest Region. of Hartford HealthCare. “While our team remains focused on clinical excellence in the treatment of COPD, we are also dedicated to prevention through smoking cessation programs and ensuring that those in our community most at risk get the treatment and education they need.”

For the 2022-23 rankings and ratings, US News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 15 specialties and 17 procedures and conditions. In the 15 specialty areas, 175 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, US News recognized hospitals as high performers in several areas of care.

US News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care rely heavily on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge rates, volume and quality of nursing care, among other indicators. related to care.

Sandy Gifford joins the HHC Center for Healthy Aging

CHESHIRE – The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging welcomes Sandy Gifford, MBA, as Cheshire Resource Coordinator. Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging has locations throughout Connecticut and is a resource and assessment center designed to improve access to services and information related to achieving an optimal quality of life for older adults. and their caregivers.

Previously, for four years, she served as Department Coordinator for the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. In his role, Gifford was responsible for researching and coordinating inbound referrals, organizing community education events, tracking team marketing events and surveys, supply chain procurement and accounts payable documents.

“I’m really looking forward to expanding our reach in the Cheshire area and New Haven County,” said Gifford.

Gifford earned his MBA in Marketing from Suffolk University. She has over 20 years of experience with the elderly. Today, she will help assess and identify the needs of seniors and connect them to resources, participate in education and training programs for caregivers and family members, build and maintain relationships community with hospitals, social service agencies, senior centers and physicians, and coordinate senior-related visits, meetings and events.

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