Year after year, Paoli Hospital, its physicians, nurses and staff are recognized by their peers in the medical community, by the media and by leading health care organizations for their clinical excellence, quality and professionalism and for their commitment to patient service.
Following are just a few of the recent honors and acknowledgements that have been bestowed upon Paoli Hospital and the professionals who work here.
Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence
Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence, an achievement that comes as part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, a national movement to improve health care for older adults. The initiative is based on the 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care, which is a series of practices that address four essential elements of care for older patients: What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and Mobility. The 4Ms Framework ensures healthcare professionals align care with each older adult’s specific health goals and care preferences.
Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).
Among the region's best
Paoli Hospital was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high-performing for two common conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Knee replacement
Paoli was also recognized as high-performing in four specialties:
Get With the Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus
Paoli Hospital, a part of Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Paoli’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award
Paoli Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving achievement award for implementing specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of high risk emergencies including heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest to help save lives and improve patient outcomes.
System Magnet® Designation
Main Line Health has received System Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's highest award for recognizing excellence in nursing care, which has been awarded to only seven percent of hospitals and 22 health systems in the nation.
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders designation
Main Line Health hospitals, including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, have all received NICHE designation. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation indicates an organization’s commitment to elder care excellence by stimulating senior focused-transformation in the culture of health care facilities and achieving patient-centered care for older adults.
Our facility voluntarily underwent a thorough evaluation by The Joint Commission. The goal of the evaluation? To see if our facility meets The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards in delivering quality, safe care. By meeting these standards, our facility received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval®—an internationally recognized symbol of quality.
Accreditation means that our staff has made an extra effort to review and improve the key areas that can affect the quality and safety of your care. Specially trained health care professionals who are experts in their fields visited this facility to conduct a review that monitors how well our staff: provide a safe environment for your care; educate you about the risks and options for your diagnosis and treatment; protect your rights as a patient; evaluate your condition, before, during and after diagnosis and treatment; protect you against infection; and plan for emergency situations.
Press Ganey Excellence Awards
Paoli Hospital has received the 2017 Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award in the area of patient experience. This annual award is given to the three top-performing organizations by category on the basis of extraordinary achievement. Paoli Hospital was recognized for maintaining consistently high levels of excellence in patient experience over the past three years.
Paoli Hospital was the recipient of the Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award in 2016 and previously received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015.
For more than 30 years, Press Ganey’s mission has been to support health care providers in understanding and improving the entire patient experience. As a strategic business partner to more than 26,000 health care organizations, Press Ganey leads the industry in helping clients transform the patient experience and create continuous, sustainable improvement.
Critical-Care Nurses’ Beacon Award
Our intensive care unit (ICU) has been awarded the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence while our Progressive Care Unit has been awarded a silver.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
When a breast center achieves accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), it is held to the highest standards of care for patients with diseases of the breast.
A coalition of professional organizations, the NAPBC, works together to provide the most efficient and contemporary breast care using scientific evidence about what works best for patients. NAPBC monitors compliance to standards at each accredited breast center with board leadership from many medical disciplines and upholds nationally recognized quality performance measures for breast cancer treatment.
The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which for more than 100 years has led national and international initiatives to improve quality in hospitals.
Blue Distinction Centers for maternity and hip and knee replacement
Independence Blue Cross has named Paoli as a Blue Distinction Center in Knee and Hip Replacement and Maternity. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care—which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider's in-network status or your own policy's insurance coverage, contact your local Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Accreditation
Paoli Hospital's Wound Healing Center has been certified by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for its hyperbaric medicine program. The UHMS recognized the Center for its high performance and standards of care, as it demonstrated a commitment to excellent patient care and facility safety.
ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
A facility with this logo has been designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by achieving accreditation in all breast imaging modalities.
Improving the quality and safety of patient care is a core element of the American College of Radiology mission. The College takes a proactive and aggressive approach on key issues impacting radiology.