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Quality awards are like vital signs. They tell you a lot about the health of a hospital. Ingalls is a 2012-13 recipient of the "HealthGrades America's 100 best Hospitals" award; a sign that Ingalls is healthy indeed. Ingalls is happy to share this honor with the nations's best hospitals, but happier still to be recognized for providing our own community the benefits of award-winning clinical excellence, exceptionally close to home.
As one of the leading health systems in Chicago's South Suburbs, Ingalls has long been committed to bringing superior healthcare services to the community.
So what does quality healthcare really mean? Any hospital can say it offers quality care, but at Ingalls, we back it up with results. Ingalls is pleased to report that our ongoing efforts have been recognized by numerous national organizations. Here are a few examples:
Ingalls is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc., which integrates the latest internationally recognized clinical quality and patient safety standards, and is based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Conditions of Participation. The DNV accreditation process enables an organization to reach maximum effectiveness and efficiency in its processes that leads to improved outcomes, both clinically and financially. Accreditation surveys are conducted annually.
Forbes.com, the nation's leading business website, named Ingalls among the top 5% of the country's top hospitals for providing quality care. The Jan. 26, 2010, edition cited Ingalls for achieving extraordinarily low mortality and complication rates and for improving clinic quality at a faster pace than other U.S. hospitals.
The Ingalls Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center earned a perfect score and a full, three–year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Accreditation is given only to those centers that have voluntarily undergone a rigorous evaluation of their performance. Ingalls is the only accredited breast center in the South Suburbs.
Together with the Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center in Tinley Park, Ingalls Memorial Hospital was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology in 2010. A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence and achieved full accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound, breast ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy. Ingalls was the first hospital in the south suburbs to achieve the designation.
Ingalls continues to provide the finest stroke care available anywhere as one of the region's only designated Primary Stroke Centers. For patients suffering a stroke, that means better care and better outcomes. In fact, the Illinois legislature recognized the critical importance of timely, appropriate stroke care and passed a law that allows ambulances to take suspected stroke patients to a Primary Stroke Center like Ingalls, bypassing other closer hospitals.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes Ingalls as a Silver Award provider of stroke care for achieving at least one year of 85% or higher adherence to Get with the Guidelines program quality indicators to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield recognized our superior orthopedics services and designated the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and for Hip and Knee Replacement. Blue Distinction status is awarded to facilities that consistently deliver better results for patients.
Aetna acknowledged Ingalls for its superior orthopedics care by designating it an Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery.
Ingalls Cancer Program received highest marks from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer when it was reaccredited in 2009, earning an Outstanding Achievement Award that represents only about 20% of cancer centers in the nation. Ingalls is one of only 80 institutions nationwide to earn the award, along with the commission's three-year accreditation with commendations.
U.S. News & World Report's first-ever metro-area rankings lists Ingalls among the best hospitals in Chicagoland. We're the
only south suburban hospital to receive high marks for six different specialties: cancer, diabetes, ear, nose and throat, orthopedics,
neurology and neurosurgery, and geriatrics. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25% among its peers.
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