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13-Aug-2007

SVMC Wins Two National VHA Leadership Awards

VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, recognized Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) with two Leadership Awards for clinical care and organization excellence.  SVMC also received the VHA's President's Award to recognize excellence that leads to winning two Leadership Awards.

 

BENNINGTON — SVMC received a 2007 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence for its work to prevent surgical complications and infections. The hospital also received a Leadership Award for Organization Excellence for its work to become recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. The VHA serves more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide, including 1,400 hospitals.

"SVMC is one of only 87 hospitals to receive a VHA Leadership Award for surgical care," said Harvey M. Yorke, president and CEO. "The award validates the dedication of our clinicians to pursuing excellence in surgical care."

To receive the Leadership Award, the hospital had to achieve at least 90 percent compliance with all indicators for several types of surgery, including cardiac surgery, hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, colon surgery, hysterectomy, and vascular surgery. 

In addition, SVMC is one of only 13 VHA member hospitals to be recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2006. The American Nurses Credentialing Center re-designated SVMC a Magnet last year. The hospital first earned Magnet in 2002.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. Magnet is the gold standard in patient care. 

“VHA represents some of the best hospitals in the nation. Our Leadership Award program is designed to recognize the very best,” said Stuart B. Baker, MD, chief operating officer at VHA.  “A major function for VHA is to help our members identify and implement best practices. We do this by highlighting the performance of hospitals like SVMC and sharing the methods that will help other members reach that same level of performance.”

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is a 99-bed community hospital. It is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. SVHC has a quest to make the communities it serves the healthiest in the nation.