Wake Forest Baptist September Awards and Recognitions

September 14, 2012

Wake Forest Baptist Stroke and Heart Programs
Receive TJC Re-Certification

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 14, 2012 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) programs have received another two-year re-certification from The Joint Commission (TJC). The disease-specific care programs met all TJC requirements and standards for health care quality and safety and had no deficiencies cited.

The Heart Center of Wake Forest Baptist is internationally known for pioneering work in diagnostic technologies, treatment innovation and improved outcomes in many key cardiac procedures.

The Stroke Center is internationally known for pioneering work in cerebrovascular treatment innovation, diagnostic technologies and improved outcomes in stroke care.

For more information on TJC accreditation visit http://www.jointcommission.org/.

 Wake Forest Baptist Receives UHC Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 14, 2012 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center received the 2012 Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award from UHC, a national organization made up of leading nonprofit academic medical centers that focus on delivering quality patient care.

Wake Forest Baptist was one of five top performers to be recognized by this organization for demonstrating excellence in supply chain management.

To receive this award, the Medical Center was evaluated based on their excellence in five key areas that included physician alignment and stewardship, evidence-based evaluations, innovative supply chain approaches, focus on distribution and utilization processes and long-term commitment to continuous improvement.

For more information on this award visit www.uhc.edu.

Wake Forest Baptist Respiratory Care Services
Earn National Recognition

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 14, 2012 –Respiratory Care Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR).

QRCR is a national program designed to help patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Only 15 percent of hospital Respiratory Therapy departments in the United States have applied and received this award. The two Wake Forest Baptist programs join a group of only 700 hospitals nationwide with this designation.

The QRCR program was initiated by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified Respiratory Therapists (RTs) to provide respiratory care services. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Hospitals that meet the AARC’s QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines and should be commended for their commitment to quality care. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s website for consumers, www.YourLungHealth.org.  

RTs are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician direction to provide a wide range of services to adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients. RTs deliver services including diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, educational and care coordination services.

Respiratory Therapy departments having received this recognition program: http://www.yourlunghealth.org/finding_care/qrc/qrcr/.

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