Saint Francis is proud to have received the following industry designations in recognition of our ongoing efforts to improve quality and outcomes.

 HealthGrades® 2009 Spine Surgery Excellence Award – This award places Saint Francis among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for spine surgery.  (July 2008)

     2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study Most Improved Award for information technology enhancements in the survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine in conjunction with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.  (July 2008)

     Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Prizes – Three awards for projects that streamlined critical areas of healthcare: the treatment of heart attacks, transferring patients from the Emergency Department to nursing units, and vaccinating staff against season influenza outbreaks.  (July 2008)

     American Stroke Association Get With the GuidelinesSM – Stroke Bronze Performance Award – for Saint Francis’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.  To achieve the GWTG-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award, Saint Francis consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the GWTG-Stroke program for 90 days.  (May 2008)

     Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award –  for working to reduce mercury, reduce waste and prevent pollution.  Presented by Practice Greenhealth, formerly Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2), a source of environmental solutions for the healthcare industry.  The award honors organizations creating healthy, healing environments committed to eliminating mercury, reducing pollution and recycling waste.  (May 2008)

     2008 Alliance Innovation Award – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is named an Alliance Innovation Award winner by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC).  The award was presented to Saint Francis for its demonstrated leadership in utilizing graduate medical education as a key driver to improve quality, patient safety, and the cost-effectiveness of care.  These creative and innovative approaches to medical education and research have resulted in better patient outcomes.  (April 2008)

     American Alliance of Healthcare Providers ‘Hospital of Choice’ Award for First Quarter of 2008 – for consumer friendliness and unparalleled commitment to good citizenship and community service, based on a review of public information, Web site, news releases, announcements, phone surveys of Hospital staff and application review.  (April 2008)

     Verispan 100 Most Highly Integrated Healthcare Networks Best of the Rest – a Tier 2 category rating for integrated healthcare networks based on eight categories: integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, service and access, hospital utilization and physicians. (February 2008)

     United Healthcare Premium Specialty Center – for cardiac care, spine and total joint replacement surgery.  The designations signify that Saint Francis has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.  They are based on detailed information about specialized training, practice capabilities and proficiencies submitted by Saint Francis to United Healthcare. (January 2008)

     CQIA Silver Innovation Prize – for being early adopters of bar code point of care (BPOC) technology to prevent errors during medication administration.  BPOC systems use a bedside computer and a variety of clinical information systems to cross check bar codes that are printed on patient wristbands with those bar codes printed on medications.  In addition to new bedside technology, the BPOC involved an extensive process within the Pharmacy Department.  All 2,800 inventoried products required bar code recognition by the Hospital’s clinical information system.  In the first six months after implementation, 75 percent of inpatient areas were using this technology and 350,000 medication doses had been bar coded.  The CQIA Silver Innovation Award is the nation’s oldest, state-level quality award program.  (October 2007)

     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor – for achieving at least a 75 percent organ donation rate among eligible patients.  This is the third year in a row that Saint Francis has received this award.  Saint Francis is the only hospital in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts to receive the medal three years in a row.  (October 2007)

     AHA Nova Finalist – Hartford Regional Lead Treatment Center and Lead Safe House Program, which are based at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, named one of ten finalists for the American Hospital Association’s Nova Award, which recognizes programs that improve community health status and are collaborative in nature.  The Hartford Regional Lead Treatment Center serves patients both at Saint Francis and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  (August 2007)

     Blue Center of Distinction – designated a Blue Center of Distinction for Cardiac Care by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  The nationwide program recognizes those hospitals that meet stringent quality criteria, as established by expert physician panels and national organizations.  Blue Distinction Centers are required to provide a full range of cardiac services, including inpatient care, cardiac rehabilitation, angioplasty and cardiac surgery.  (June 2007)

     Hospitals for a Healthy Environment – received the Partners for Change Award in recognition of achievements in improving environmental performance.  Also received the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award for eliminating the use of mercury in medical devices.  Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded by the American Hospital Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm and the American Nurses Association.  H2E is focused on improving healthcare environmental performance.  (May 2007)

     Five-Star Hospital – recognized as a Community Value Provider by Cleverly + Associates, a Columbus, Ohio, healthcare financial consulting firm.  Based on the Community Value Index™, a proprietary index that offers a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community based on financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care and pricing.  (April 2007)

     The President’s Volunteer Service Award – for the service of more than 700 individuals who volunteered at the Hospital in 2006, contributing over 67,400 hours of service to Saint Francis.  Presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of President George W. Bush to recognize the best in the American spirit and encourage Americans to contribute to their communities through volunteer service.  (January 2007)

     CareScience Select Practice National Quality Leader – for excellence in overall hospital quality and efficiency.  The award places Saint Francis among the top 1 percent of performers across 4,500 acute care hospitals in the United States as identified by CareScience, a hospital consulting firm.  It is based on 16 clinical indicators for both quality and efficiency.  (November 2006)

     ENERGY STAR Label – for prudent energy management strategies and proven technologies.  Awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.  Saint Francis was first awarded an ENERGY STAR label in 2003.  (November 2006)

     eHealthcare Strategy & Trends Silver Award – in the category “Best Rich Media” in the Physician/Clinician-Focused Site class for the Hospital’s web site Grand Rounds Online feature.  Since their introduction in April, 15 Grand Rounds presentations have been made available to physicians online.  After viewing a presentation online, physicians are able to obtain Continuing Medical Education credit by successfully completing a short quiz.  (November 2006)

     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor – for achieving at least a 75 percent organ donation rate among eligible patients.  This is the second year in a row that Saint Francis has received this award.  In the most recent reporting period, Saint Francis secured permission from family members for 11 organ donations out of 13 potential donors.  Saint Francis is just one of two hospitals in Northern Connecticut and Western Massachusetts to receive the medal this year.  (October 2006)

     HealthGrades® Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award – for superior clinical outcomes in the ninth annual Hospital Quality in America study.  This award places Saint Francis among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for orthopedic care.  (October 2006)

     Leapfrog Top 50 Hospitals – for meeting the quality and safety standards of the Leapfrog Group, a consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large public healthcare purchasers representing 37 million American consumers.  Saint Francis is the only hospital in Connecticut to achieve this distinction.  Leapfrog identifies its “Top Hospitals” based on their implementation of practices with the greatest life-saving potential, including computerized physician order entry (CPOE), ICU physician staff, evidence-based hospital referral and the Leapfrog Safe Practices Score.  (October 2006)

     2006 BEACON Medical Technology Award – for the Hospital’s significant investment in advanced technology in the acquisition of the CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery system.  The award is presented by the Biomedical Engineering Alliance & Consortium (BEACON), a regional trade association for the advancement of new medical technology.  It recognizes innovative approaches that help Connecticut establish a leadership position in the field of medical technology.  (October 2006)

Sacred Heart University College of Education and Health Professions 2006 Community Partner Award – for collaboration with the College’s Nursing Department to develop and implement the R.N. to B.S.N. program offered at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  This is the first year that the award is being given to an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional collaboration to further the educational goals and mission of the College.  Saint Francis is one of two recipients being honored this year.  (October 2006)

     HealthGrades® Third Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study – for best performing hospitals for overall patient safety.  Saint Francis was one of 238 hospitals identified as reaching the top 15 percent nationwide for patient safety.  This award was presented by HealthGrades, a healthcare ratings company.  As a category, Medicare patients at these top 15 percent hospitals experienced patient safety incidents, on average, 43.27 percent less often than patients at the bottom 15 percent of all hospitals.  (October 2006)

     CQIA Silver Innovation Prize – for a project that optimized care in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF).  Taking note of the fact that each year nearly 900 patients are admitted to the Hospital with CHF, the Congestive Heart Failure Service decided to establish Connecticut’s first dedicated unit to provide comprehensive care for CHF patients.  Outcomes for patients treated on the CHF unit have been demonstrably better than those of other CHF patients.  The CQIA Silver Innovation Award is the nation’s oldest, state-level quality award program.  (July 2006)

     Solucient 100 Top Hospitals® Performance Improvement Leader – for improving faster and more consistently than its peer hospitals across the nation.  Nine performance measures were examined including risk adjusted mortality and complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, growth in percent of community served, tangible assets and risk adjusted patient safety index.  Saint Francis was recognized as one of the hospitals that achieved the fastest rate of consistent annual clinical and organizational improvement over a five-year period.  (April 2005)

     Solucient 100 Top Hospitals® – for setting benchmarks for the industry in such areas as quality of care, efficiency, financial performance, growing community service and patient safety.  This marked the seventh time that Saint Francis was named to the prestigious list of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals.  At the time, Saint Francis was the only hospital in Connecticut to be named to the Top 100 list on seven or more occasions.  (February 2005)

     Solucient 100 Top Hospitals® – for setting performance benchmarks across four critical areas: quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance and adaptation to the environment.  This marked the sixth time that Saint Francis had been named to the prestigious list.  At the time, Saint Francis was the only major teaching hospital to be named to the Top 100 list on six occasions.  (May 2004)

     Solucient Performance Improvement Leader – for developing consistent and effective organization-wide performance improvement across critical measures at a faster rate than other U.S. hospitals between 1997 and 2001.  Those measures include quality of care, operational efficiency and financial performance.  Among 123 major teaching hospitals included in the study, Saint Francis’ cumulative scored placed it in the 99th percentile.  This signifies that Saint Francis’ rate of improvement over the five years was higher and more rapid than 98 percent of the other major teaching hospitals studied by Solucient.  (March 2004)