Our Commitment to Quality
VCU Community Memorial Hospital has been serving this region for more than 58 years. We have earned a reputation in the region for taking the lead on healthcare quality. We are committed to providing the highest quality care to those in need. Quality is often measured in many ways. There are national agencies that rate hospital quality on a variety of measures. CMH volunteered to report our data; we invite you to review these results.
CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID)
CMH is among 222 hospitals across the nation that are participating in the
CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID), which tracks hospital performance in meeting nationally standardized quality measures. The project rewards hospitals for being a top performer in six clinical areas. This is the sixth year of the “pay for performance” project. CMH was among the first hospitals to voluntarily participate in this demonstration project to enhance the quality of patient care. Clinical focus areas measured include heart attack, heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, hip and knee replacement, pneumonia and surgical care improvement.
Based on sixth-year results, CMH earned six awards for Top Performance or Attainment in the clinical areas of acute myocardial infarction/heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and hip/knee replacement. CMH also scored in the top 10-percent of participating hospitals in heart attack and heart failure treatment based on the overall quality score. For complete information about the HQID project, visit www.premierinc.com/qualitydemo.
The Hospital Compare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), along with the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) provides information about hospital performance. The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care representing consumers, hospitals, doctors and nurses, employers, accrediting organizations, and Federal agencies. CMH voluntarily submits data on various measures of care.
Home Health Compare
The Home Health Compare
website was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Home Health Compare has information about the quality of care provided by "Medicare-certified" home health agencies throughout the nation. "Medicare-certified" means the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain Federal health and safety requirements.
Nursing Home Compare
The Nursing Home Compare
website has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Consumers can compare the quality of the nursing homes using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, nursing home staff data, quality measures and fire safety inspection results.
Anthem Quality-In-Sight® Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP)
The Anthem Q-HIP program works to improve hospital based clinical quality and health outcomes. Hospitals are recognized and rewarded for excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction through performance-based reimbursement.
VCU Community Memorial Hospital was one of the first hospitals in Virginia to participate in the Anthem Q-HIP program which focuses on evaluating hospital processes for patient safety, as well as specific indicators of care for patients with four common conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention. See chart below.
Health Grades is a healthcare ratings, information, and advisory services company which measures and assesses healthcare quality, on popular medical conditions.
You, the patient, have the right to know how our health system compares to state and national quality performance measures (as determined by the Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other national agencies reporting on quality) to help you make an informed health care decision.
In July 2004, the Joint Commission started a new web based reporting system called Quality Check
. It is a comprehensive guide to the nearly 16,000 Joint Commission-accredited health care organizations and programs throughout the United States. Quality Reports feature a user-friendly format with checks, pluses and minuses to help the general public compare health care organization performance in a number of key areas including quality of care and patient safety.
Awards and Recognition:
CMH is among 83 acute & critical units in the US with this designation, only six units in Virginia & CMH is the only unit in southern Virginia with this designation.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Critical Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH), South Hill, Virginia. In receiving this award, CMH is among approximately 83 acute & critical units in the US with this designation. There are only six Beacon units in Virginia with CMH being the only unit in southern Virginia with this designation and the 4th with Silver in Virginia.
The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
VCU Community Memorial Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. About 500 hospitals or approximately 10% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. CMH is 1 out of 19 hospitals recognized in Virginia.
The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. To qualify for the recognition, VCU Community Memorial Hospital provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes
VCU Community Memorial Hospital's Extended Care Facility, The Hundley Center, has joined the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign, a national quality initiative.
The quality campaign, launched in September 2006, is designed to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents and staff. CMH has joined this campaign because of its continued commitment to improving quality. This effort is an unparalleled collaboration between long-term care providers, caregivers, medical and quality improvement experts, government agencies and consumers. Each of these groups play an important role in creating awareness about quality and the resources that are available to providers to aid in improving patient care.