Because Cooley Dickinson's doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and staff take the steps necessary to ensure that patients receive safe, high-quality care, Cooley Dickinson achieves special distinctions and awards for the care we provide. Cooley Dickinson knows you -- the people we serve -- are watching how well we provide care, and your assessment matters most to us.
Still, it's rewarding when national organizations that monitor and measure quality and safety in health care organizations evaluate Cooley Dickinson and bestow a seal of approval.
These recognitions from independent authorities validate that our staff is continuously focused on improving quality of care.
Click on this link to a list of awards received in 2010 through 2013.
• CDH Joint Replacement Center Recognized as Blue Distinction Center
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has again recognized Cooley Dickinson’s Joint Replacement Center as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement for demonstrating better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than other hospitals.
• CDH Radiation Oncology Earns Accreditation
For the second consecutive time, CDH’s Radiation Oncology program has earned a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accreditation demonstrates Cooley Dickinson’s program is exceeding quality assurance protocols in the field and represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.
• Cooley Dickinson Awarded an “A” in Spring Hospital Safety Score
The latest Hospital Safety Score, designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, honored Cooley Dickinson Hospital with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety.
• Truven names CDH a Top 100 Hospital: Grants Everest Award
For the first time, Cooley Dickinson Hospital was named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals® by Truven health Analytics™, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. CDH is one of 14 organizations in the country, and the only one in Massachusetts, to earn The Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement on Truven’s national balance scorecard over five years.
• Photo Wins Gold Award in New England Competition
The New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) awarded Cooley Dickinson’s Public Affairs team a Gold Award for Photography in the society’s annual Lamplighter Awards. The winning photo was published in Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s 2012 Annual Report. The Lamplighter Awards were established to showcase and honor health care communications excellence in the New England Region. The 2014 competition included 365 entries from 69 organizations throughout the region.
• Heart Association Awards Cooley Dickinson Mission: Lifeline Bronze
Cooley Dickinson Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Referring Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
• Practice Greenhealth Recognizes Cooley Dickinson, Partners HealthCare
All Partners HealthCare hospitals have been recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving safety and care. Cooley Dickinson is among 11 Partners facilities that received the “Partner for Change” Award, which recognizes health care facilities that continually improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.
• CDH Receives Healthgrades 2014 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™
Cooley Dickinson was named one of the top 10 percent of the hospitals evaluated as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. CDH is one of 3 Massachusetts hospitals to receive the award.
• Cooley Dickinson Laboratory, Blood Bank Earns Re-Accreditation
Based on results of onsite inspections of the main Laboratory and Blood Bank, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) have awarded accreditations to Cooley Dickinson’s main Lab and Blood Bank. The AABB accreditation program, which is voluntary, contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing, and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The accreditation program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within a facility.
• VNA and Hospice Recognized for Innovation in Home Care
The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts has recognized Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice’s palliative care program with its Innovation Award for Outstanding Patient Services. The award recognizes the growth and breadth of the palliative care program which is provided by a team of more than 20 staff members devoted to helping patients achieve their functional goals as they face serious illness.
• Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care
Cooley Dickinson Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®- Stoke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of patients. Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospitals provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Cooley Dickinson earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
• VNA & Hospice Named HomeCare Elite Agency
OCS HomeCare by National Research Corp. and DecisionHealth® named Cooley Dickinson’s VNA & Hospice one of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data from at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. This is the third time Cooley Dickinson's VNA & Hospice achieved HomeCare Elite status.
• Hospital Earns “Top Performer” Recognition from The Joint Commission
Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Cooley Dickinson Hospital is one of three hospitals in western Massachusetts and 16 hospitals in Massachusetts to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction in these four categories and among 36.9 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals to be recognized as a Top Performer for 2013.
• Cooley Dickinson Hospital Awarded an “A” in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score
Cooley Dickinson Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
• Cancer Program Earns Accreditation from American College of Surgeons
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. CoC accreditation is voluntary.
• Childbirth Center Receives Breastfeeding Achievement Award
Childbirth Center staff received the 2014 Breastfeeding Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. One criterion for this year's award was that hospitals develop protocols to allow new mothers to practice skin-to-skin contact following a Cesarean birth. Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Childbirth Center is one of 21 hospitals in the Commonwealth that has implemented this approach.
• Critical Care Unit Earns Gold Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Critical Care Unit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This award is a milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and health work environments and recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Health Work Environment Standards.
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