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Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa earns re-accreditation by The Joint Commission
Following an extensive four-day, on-site survey earlier this month, Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa has earned re-accreditation by The Joint Commission for another three years.
This marks the third-consecutive re-accreditation since the hospital opened nearly nine years ago.
"The clinical surveyor said that of the 161 surveys he has done, this was one of the best he had ever seen,” says Robyn Chadwick, St. Teresa’s senior executive. He was particularly impressed by the culture of ownership among the team, noting that the sense of pride everyone takes in making sure that patient care is delivered safely and of the highest quality.
Out of nearly 2,000 elements of performance, the final report only included 15 recommendations for improvement, which the surveyor noted would translate into a grade of better than 99 percent when you do the math.
“I am so proud of the entire team’s day-to-day efforts and commitment to ensuring that we provide safe, quality care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year,” Chadwick said.
Carla Yost, system chief nursing and quality officer for Ascension Via Christi, says earning TJC re-accreditation is a significant accomplishment as the surveys do not get easier over time.
"Their goal, like ours, is continuous improvement to ensure the safest possible environment and highest quality of care," says Yost. “That requires more than simply reviewing publicly reported data. Their surveyors are here, observing processes, reviewing charts, talking with staff and taking a real-time look at virtually every aspect of hospital care.
“It’s the most rigorous assessment of hospital care quality and safety available,” says Yost. “Undergoing this type of review gives us an opportunity to share what we’re doing to improve outcomes and provide a safer and better patient and family experience and to learn about the best practices of other TJC-accredited facilities.”
St. Teresa, the only full-service hospital in west Wichita, is located on a 120-acre campus west of 135th and 21st. It features 68 private patient suites, including four dedicated to intensive care and 18 to inpatient rehab; a pediatric-friendly full-service emergency room; four state-of-the-art operating rooms and a heart catheterization lab; an ambulatory infusion center; diagnostic imaging and laboratory services; an on-site pharmacy; and outpatient rehabilitation care.
In the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, nearly 2,100 surgeries, primarily orthopedic, urology, complex hernia and general surgical procedures, were performed at St. Teresa.
In March, the hospital’s Emergency Department was recognized by PRC, a leading independent surveyor of patient experience, for being in the Top 10% in nation for overall quality of care.