Awards and Recognition
At UHS, we value the high standards that national and state-wide organizations measure when they administer their periodic surveys. We also value input from our patients, visitors and others who let us know how we are doing by participating in surveys and recognizing our employees and services through our “Saying Thanks for Special Care” program. In addition, we set high standards for ourselves in terms of clinical outcomes as well as service excellence. Each department reviews procedures and processes as well as outcomes and every year they set quality goals.
We are delighted to say that each year we are recognized for the quality of our care. We also make progress through our quality improvement process and through participating in regional and national programs.
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
(September 2014) The UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Program recently earned another three-year certification for adherence to national guidelines from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This is the fourth time since 2004 the program has earned this distinction.
One of New York’s Best Hospitals - U.S. News & World Report For the third year in a row, the national news magazine U.S. News & World Report has ranked UHS one of the top hospitals in New York State, placing it 29th out of 240 facilities, with special recognition in orthopedics. This underscores UHS’ leadership in providing high-quality, patient-centered care and reflects high marks received from patients in surveys.
Nationally recognized for Surgical Outcomes
UHS is one of only 28 hospitals around the country to receive special commendation for outstanding surgical outcomes from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons. The program recognizes select hospitals that consistently provide exceptional care to surgical patients with a goal of avoiding complications.
UHS Ranked Among Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named UHS one of the best hospitals in the country for hip and knee replacement surgery. UHS is one of only six hospitals in New York State, and one of only 97 in the entire United States, to receive the designation.
UHS Hospital Achieves National Healthcare Quality Goals
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a major healthcare insurer, has recognized UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s dedication to national quality goals. Excellus stated that UHS Chenango Memorial had achieved an outstanding 100 percent of the 2013 quality goals established by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Small Hospital Incentive Program.
UHS Wilson Medical Center is a New York State Designated Stroke Center
This recognition means we comply with 31 state criteria for quality in specialized stroke care. Most of all, it means you can be confident in our ability to treat your stroke quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques.
One of the top 500 home care agencies in the United States
UHS Home Care received a 2013 Top 500 Agency HomeCare Elite Recognition. This is a national recognition that affirms UHS’ commitment to high-quality, well-coordinated care of patients in their own homes.
UHS accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The internationally respected Society of Chest Pain Centers designates UHS as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, reflecting UHS’ high level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive in the Emergency Department with chest pain.
UHS Breast Center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The UHS Breast Center is the first facility in Greater Binghamton to receive three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This places UHS among an elite group of medical centers where the full spectrum of breast care is available and meets the highest clinical standards.
UHS selected by the New York State Department of Health to participate in STAMP quality improvement program to prevent pressure ulcers.
UHS is one of four regional collaboratives selected by the New York State Department of Health to participate in this quality improvement program to prevent pressure ulcers and standardize treatment. STAMP means Success Through Assessment, Management and Prevention. For more information on this initiative, go to the New York State Health Department website.
UHS designated as Provider-Led Medicaid Health Home
The New York State Department of Health has contingently designated UHS a provider-led Medicaid health home, enabling UHS to work with other agencies to improve access to care for Medicaid patients with multiple complex medical issues.
UHS’ Primary Care accredited as Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
UHS’ primary care offices have achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, D.C. The term Medical Home is used because every patient should have a primary care provider whose office is the home base for their medical needs.
UHS Hospital recognized as Internal Medicine Medical Home
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s Internal Medicine practice as part of the Physician Practice Connections-Patient-Centered Medical Home program.
UHS Vestal Ultrasound and Vascular Lab receives National ACR Accreditation Assurance
UHS Vestal Ultrasound and Vascular Lab Departments have received national recognition from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for their patient safety, quality and clinical excellence.
UHS and Employees recognized as Platinum Contributors by United Way
UHS and its employees contribute $100,000 or more a year to the United Way Campaign. UHS has been recognized at the Platinum level annually since the year 2000.
Cancer Program Earned a Perfect Score
In 2010 the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons renewed the accreditation of the UHS Oncology Program, bestowing seven of seven commendations - a perfect score. This is the second consecutive three-year accreditation the UHS Oncology Program has received from the Commission on Cancer. To maintain ACOS accreditation, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo an exhaustive, on-site review every three years. Only 49 percent of applying health care organizations earn a three-year accreditation with commendation. UHS was commended specifically for such attributes as prevention, early detection and adherence to patient guidelines, as well as for the quality of its cancer registry.
ACRO Accreditation for Radiation Oncology
UHS is driven to achieve the highest quality standards in radiation therapy. That's where the American College of Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation (ACRO) comes in. It assures that we're meeting vigorous and nationally accepted standards for cancer patient safety and radiation oncology care.
ACRO accreditation isn't easy to accomplish. All of our personnel, equipment, and quality assurance and quality control procedures must go through a rigorous review process in order to meet specific requirements.
Recognized for Quality Care
Throughout the year, the UHS health care system and its members receive many honors, awards and recognitions from medical organizations, national and regional institutions, and government agencies. And periodically UHS organizations are evaluated and accredited by many of the leading accrediting bodies in the health care sphere.
Moreover, many individual employees, medical staff and volunteers are frequently recognized by their peers or other groups for their contributions to research, education and care.
We're proud of these designations, and committed to living up to the standards of excellence which they represent. They are further evidence of our devotion to our patients, our communities and the high calling of health care service.
Nuclear Medicine accredited by College
For the second time in a few months, the American College of Radiology issued an accreditation to UHS for programs at UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital. The Nuclear Medicine programs at both hospitals were awarded certification after an extensive review process that assessed the quality of the nuclear imaging and the expertise of the staff. As part of the new accreditation, the Nuclear Medicine Departments received specific designation for cardiac imaging capabilities used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.
Quality Association takes note of home care
UHS Home Care/Professional Home Care achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, based in Iowa. The award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques. UHS Home Care operates in Vestal, Ithaca and Norwich.
Joint Commission praises UHS Ambulatory Surgery
UHS’ new surgical facilities at Wilson Place received a stellar review from a Joint Commission surveyor on Nov. 11. The surveyor gave the new Ambulatory Surgery Center and Pre-Admission Testing Center high marks during an intensive, one-day evaluation.
Primary care team puts patients first
UHS Primary Care Johnson City received national recognition for putting patients first. The medical office earned a three-year designation as a “Medical Home” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections Program. The office received a Level 3 Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, the highest honor bestowed by the committee.
Individual Honors throughout UHS
Dr. Gill honored as a Laureate
Roy Gill, M.D., director of Medicine at UHS Hospitals, received the prestigious Laureate Award from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians on Nov. 3. The award honors members of the college who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to education, research and patient care.
Three doctors lauded for teaching
Three UHS physicians received President’s Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Lazarus Gehring, M.D., family practitioner; Nancy Shumeyko, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist; and Garabed Fattal, M.D., anatomic and physical pathologist, accepted the awards on Sept. 15.
She’s top senior citizen in Delaware County
Mary Hunter, a 15-year volunteer at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, received the Senior Citizen of the Year Award from the Delaware County Senior Council. She has been president of the Walton hospital’s volunteers for the past 10 years, raising money for the hospital through bake sales, penny socials and a phone-a-thon.