Awards and Achievements: the Gift of Quality Health Care

2013-2014 Report to the Community

Mercy's 2013 Awards and Recogntion | Canton Ohio Hospital

Earning awards and achieving goals are important at Mercy for only one reason: to ensure the very best care possible for Mercy patients and their families.

Each year, our physicians, nurses and other staff members continually work hard to reach new levels of excellence. Quality health care is more than simply a gift to our community. It's a high standard, a constant expectation and an ongoing commitment that we demand of ourselves.

Platinum Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care

Mercy Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013 – one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

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Heart Failure Center Receives Full Accreditation

Mercy Medical Center received full heart failure accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes. 

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AHA Lifeline Award Recognizes Mercy for High Standards in Heart Attack Care

Mercy received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. 

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ECPC Celebrates 10 Years of Saving Lives

In 2013, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) celebrated a decade of caring for Stark County and beyond. Mercy’s ECPC was the first in the United States to successfully earn Cycle I Accreditation in 2003 from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). With the cardiac catheterization lab just inside the doors of our emergency department, we've not only saved more lives, but also more heart muscle. In many cases, our patients recover from heart attacks more quickly, go home sooner, and return to a better quality of life.  

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Genetic Testing Becomes Part of Standard of Care for Heart Patients

Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) now offer genetic testing as part of their standard of care for heart patients. Another tool in the fight against heart disease, a comprehensive genetic cardiac panel test provides individualized drug metabolism and cardiovascular risk assessments. Both help Mercy cardiologists determine the right drug and the right dosage for each patient. Testing is done by a simple cheek swab and is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.

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Cancer Center Introduces Low-cost, Low-dose CT Lung Screenings

In 2013, Mercy Cancer Center strengthened its early detection programs adding a new low-dose CT lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals, worked tirelessly to expand its award-winning cancer services and continued devotion to cancer survivorship. The low dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is the latest weapon in the war against lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide. With nearly 160,000 Americans dying of lung cancer each year, early detection can save lives. In 2013, Mercy began offering LDCT lung screenings for only $50 to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria for lung cancer.

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Palliative Care Receives Quality Award from Supportive Care CoalitionPalliative Care for Canton Ohio at Mercy Medical Center

A recipient of the 2013 Quality Award from the Supportive Care Coalition at its national conference last June, Mercy’s palliative care program is a model for community hospitals. Mercy received the award for making strides to improve the delivery of palliative medicine in a diverse care setting.

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Minimally invasive, MRI-guided Breast Biopsies Offered at Mercy

In 2013, Mercy Medical Center began performing minimally invasive, MRI-guided breast biopsies. Used in high-risk cases where mammography is not sensitive enough to detect abnormalities, MRI-guided breast biopsy – which takes less than an hour – minimizes the need for a larger surgery, a bigger incision and more tissue removal. Recovery time is brief, sutures are not required, and patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.

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Mercy SHIPMates Receives OSHIIP Volunteer and Team of the Year Awards

Mercy Medical Center volunteer Tom Hoch and the Mercy Senior Friends OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) SHIPMates program received the 2012 OSHIIP Volunteer of the Year Award and 2012 OSHIIP Team of the Year Award from the Ohio Department of Insurance. Mercy SHIPMates were commended for their hard work and dedication to helping eligible Ohioans understand their Medicare benefits.
 
Mercy Medical Center offers free Medicare consultations, talks and presentations and community events. In 2013, Mercy SHIPMates spoke with a total of 2,669 area seniors who were inpatients at Mercy.

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Additional Awards & Achievements

Mercy Cancer Center was presented with the Corporate Excellence Award 2012 at the American Cancer Society Impact Awards Celebration. This award honors a company that supports the American Cancer Society’s mission in a variety of ways, including corporate and employee giving and customer engagement and volunteerism, while demonstrating a commitment to the promotion of employee health and wellness benefits, policies and programs.

Mercy’s Trauma Center was verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients 24-hours a day.

For the fifth consecutive year, Mercy was selected as one of the Healthy Ohio-Health Worksite Award winners. Mercy received the award at the Health Action Council annual conference in Columbus on January 29. This award recognizes Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.

Nick Bagnolo, vice president of Sisters of Charity Health System Construction and administrative director of Mercy Plant Engineering, and Todd Reibenstein, manager of Mercy Plant Engineering, were both recognized as recipients of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Excellence in Energy Management award. OHA’s Energy Team recognizes hospitals that have outstanding energy management programs as measured by current Energy Star awards, active participation in investor-owned utility rebate programs, and leadership in energy management.

Mercy Medical Center was a recipient of United Way of Greater Stark County 2013 Annual Campaign of the Year award, central division (more than 500 employees category). This award recognizes a company that has established a strong United Way culture through corporate gifts and sponsorship, workplace campaigns, and special events.

Mercy Vascular Lab was granted a three-year term of accreditation in vascular testing in peripheral arterial, extracranial cerebrovascular, visceral vascular, and peripheral venous testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means Mercy Vascular Lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC accredits only those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Mercy Medical Center is the recipient of Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award. This honor places Mercy among the top 10 percent in the nation for superior performance in women’s health, based on superior clinical outcomes across 15 conditions and procedures affecting women.

Mercy STATCARE Immediate Care Center at Mercy Health Center of Jackson received the Readers Choice award for urgent care from The Repository.

Mercy Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs once again received national certification through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Mercy Medical Center is home to the first nationally certified cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs in Stark County.