St. E’s premium rating

St. E’s premium rating


St. Elizabeth Health Center has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Surgical Spine Specialty Center with a three-star rating – the highest rating possible.

This designation is based on the quality and efficiency of our pre-operative and post-operative care as well as the overall outcomes of our spine patients, said Diana Kelly, spine navigator at St. Elizabeth.

UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center program to provide its members with information and access to hospitals meeting rigorous quality criteria. To receive this designation, St. Elizabeth Health Center met extensive quality and outcomes criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.

Guinness world record


Forty children from the Davis Y Day Camp who participated in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson helped set the newest Guinness World Record.

On June 14, 2012, at 11 a.m., more than 23,000 participants around the world took part in the largest simultaneous swim lesson ever conducted.

The swim lesson was about more than just setting a new world record. It was also a global effort to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning, said Beth Hartman, aquatics coordinator at the Davis Y.

Participants received a certificate that reads: “I’m a world record holder!,” Hartman said.

Information about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson can be found at and on the Davis Family YMCA’s Facebook page.

UPMC performance recognized


UPMC Horizon recently received the maximum achievement level for Fiscal Year 2012 in the Highmark QualityBLUE program; and also demonstrated performance at or above Pennsylvania state averages for applicable Center for Medicare and Medicaid Quality Core measure performance.

On quality indicators, UPMC Horizon received a perfect score on perinatal care and high scores on readmissions, surgical safety, and venous thromboembolism prevention and care coordination. The hospital also earned sustainability points for prevention of central line association bloodstream infections; and maximum achievement level in the QualityBLUE program in fiscal year 2011.

New lung cancer test


A new annual, low-dose CT (computed tomography) lung cancer screening program modeled after mammography will begin in September at Salem Community Hospital.

The lung cancer screening enables doctors to intervene sooner and increase the chances that the cancer can be treated successfully. The goal of annual lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a small size before it has spread when the cancer has a greater chance of being cured, said radiologist Dr. Peter Apicella, co-director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program.

Unlike a chest X-ray, which produces only shadows of the lungs, the low-dose CT technique provides high-resolution 3-D images of the lungs in just a few seconds. In addition, there is minimal radiation, no special diet or preparation needed, no holding of medications, and no injections used. The exam is very fast, and patients do not even have to change into hospital gowns, Dr. Apicella said.

The cost of the low-dose CT lung cancer screening to eligible participants is $99. For information about the lung cancer screening exam, call the hospital Medical Imaging Department at 330-332-7131.

Accreditation awarded


Salem Community Hospital has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval/¢ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Salem Community underwent an unannounced, on-site, four-day survey in June during which a three-member team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

A fourth surveyor evaluated Salem Home Medical in a separate but simultaneous one-day Joint Commission survey. Salem Community Hospital and Salem Home Medical were both awarded three-year accreditations.

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