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May 13, 2014 > Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues

Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues

Washington Hospital joins nationwide celebration of hospital staff and volunteers

A thriving hospital is an essential part of any healthy community, as important as fire and police services, a well-run local city government or a strong business community. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a community that meets the needs of its residents.

"Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues" is the theme of this year's National Hospital Week celebration, May 11 - 17. The Washington Hospital Healthcare System will celebrate National Hospital week by honoring its employees and volunteers for their commitment to maintaining the highest standards in serving the community's health.

"Since our doors first opened in 1958, Washington Hospital has maintained a steadfast focus on providing safe, high-quality health care while investing in advanced technology and innovative services for our community," Associate Administrator Tina Nunez said.

"This effort has kept Washington Hospital at the forefront of community hospitals in the Bay Area and on the West Coast," Nunez added. "In fact, many of the hospital's services are on a par with those of highly respected teaching hospitals across the country."

Nunez said one reason for the hospital's success is its longstanding, organization-wide commitment to its Patient First Ethic. "This means every decision and action taken by the staff, physicians and volunteers is based on what is best for the patient."

Washington Hospital's commitment to excellence has been recognized for many years by a wide variety of national organizations that measure and reward quality care. Among the many awards and recognitions is its designation as a Magnet Hospital. Magnet status is the highest level of recognition that a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. Only 6.7 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this status and Washington Hospital is one of only five Bay Area hospitals to receive this designation.

Also, for the first time ever, Consumer Reports last year evaluated U.S. hospitals for scheduled surgeries. In all, 2,463 hospitals were reviewed. Washington Hospital is the only hospital in the East Bay to receive the top "excellent" overall rating in surgical site infection scores and in avoiding adverse events in surgical patients.

Washington Hospital has received more than 23 other awards, recognitions and accreditations this past year. The hospital's medical services and programs cited in these awards include the hospital's risk reduction programs for the Emergency Room and Obstetrics, Breast Health and Breast Imaging programs, Neurosciences, and its Stroke and Joint Replacement programs. The Hospital Safety program received an "A" grade, and Washington Hospital was named Number 4 on the list of "Best Regional Hospitals" in the recently published 2012-2013 "Best Hospital Guide" from U.S. News and World Report.

Washington Hospital has earned the distinction as a "Baby-Friendly Hospital" from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. Fewer than 175 hospitals in the U.S. are "Baby-Friendly."

Also, Washington Hospital plays an important role in supporting the local economy. It is the area's second largest employer, with a substantial percentage of staff members living in the Tri-City area. Major construction projects related to Hospital expansion have injected millions of dollars into the economy.

Staff and volunteers also are exceedingly proud of the hospital's wide range of excellent health care services, which play an important role in making sure exceptional health care is available in the community. Some examples include:

¥ One of the area's busiest Emergency Departments, which serves as a Cardiac Receiving Center and Stroke Receiving Center in Alameda County.

¥ The Outpatient Diabetes Center with certified diabetes educators who teach people how to control and live with diabetes for a lifetime, while also educating the public about prevention and early identification.

¥ The Washington on Wheels (W.O.W.) mobile health clinic that travels throughout the community providing basic health care services, primarily to people who are uninsured or underinsured.

¥ A comprehensive Community Health Improvement Program that includes a long-standing partnership with local schools offering on-site, interactive hand hygiene education to more than 1,000 students every year.

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