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Hospital Recognized for Surgical Quality

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center was honored among other big named hospital Tuesday. Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of over 300 hospitals that’s part of the American College of Surgeon’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Quality care. Quality outcome. That’s what Sacred Heart Medical Center says it focuses on.

“The award within surgery is just one example of the many efforts we have on quality here at Sacred Heart,” said Jennifer Ensminger, Chief Administrative Officer.

Those efforts are why Ensminger has put Sacred Heart on a list next to some of the most prestigious name in healthcare.

“It’s nice to see the outcome be so celebrated locally and to be included in such a great group of high performing hospitals. With these level of outcome makes me very proud,” Ensminger said.

As a participant in a program that collects data regarding patient safety and surgical care, Sacred Heart Medical Center has been able to view areas of improvement and make strides.

“I think it reflects the strength of our surgical staff and the strength of the process improvement program that we have in place,” said Dr. David Dehaas, Medical Director of Surgery.

Ensminger says the surgical and support staff have both contributed largely to the praise-worthy results.

“They work very hard and they’re very knowledgeable. We have a good working team together, veteran team. This is a partnership not only between the physicians and clinical staff, but all the support staff too,” Ensminger said.

“I think we are comparable to other major teaching centers and other referral centers in the northwest if not throughout the country,” Dr. Dehaas said.

Ensminger says one of her goals is quality; she says it will continue.

“I have a personal commitment here at Sacred Heart Medical Center and this is just evidence of the benefits of focusing on quality ongoing,” Ensminger said.

Sacred Heart Medical Center says through continual improvements, they aim to decrease length of stay and reduce complications and costs for surgical patients.

The American College of Surgeons will be having a meeting in October in Washington D.C. where the hospital will also be recognized.

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