Hospital Earns Top Excellence Score

Hospital Earns Top Excellence Score

These are just a few of Sweetwater Memorial’s staff, leaders and providers who made the 2018 Hospital Quality Excellence Award possible. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health awarded its highest honor earlier this month during a reception in Cheyenne.

ROCK SPRINGS — For the second year in a row, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has received the Hospital Quality Excellence Award.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health rencently presented the award during the 2018 Wyoming Quality Conference in Cheyenne.

It is the quality improvement organization’s highest award possible.

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Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is Wyoming’s Quality Improvement Organization, with a goal of promoting excellence in health care through safe, patient-centered and cost-effective practices.

The award recognizes hospitals for their successful accomplishments with patient satisfaction, care coordination, patient and family engagement, and the advancement of these achievements within communities.

Sweetwater Memorial was recognized for a variety of activities, including:

  • Care transitions and hospital readmission reduction efforts
  • Adverse drug event reduction efforts
  • Participation in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program
  • Participation in the Rural Transitions of Care Special Innovation Project
  • Implementation of Chronic Care Management in the outpatient ambulatory clinic setting
  • Opioid reduction interventions in the Emergency Department and outpatient settings

“It’s important to note that seven Wyoming hospitals received a quality excellence award from Mountain-Pacific, which says volumes about the quality of health care Wyoming citizens can receive in our own state,” said Kristy Nielson, MHSC chief nursing officer.

“Of those seven hospitals, our own community hospital received the highest number of points for quality.”

“It is the compassion, dedication and skills of every employee, provider and volunteer here at Sweetwater Memorial that contributed to our organization’s achievement,” Nielson said.

“We are so very proud of being recognized by the Mountain-Pacific Quality Improvement Organization for the quality of care we provide.”

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MHSC is a non-profit, 99-bed, regional acute-care facility in southwestern Wyoming. The hospital has more than 500 employees, including more than 30 employed physicians providing care in more than two dozen specialty fields. MHSC offers care in ENT/otolaryngology, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, pediatrics, nephrology, obstetrics and women’s health, oncology, orthopedics and sports medicine, and urology. Services include cardiac rehabilitation, cardio and respiratory, diabetes education, dialysis, emergency care, intensive care, laboratory services, medical imaging, medical and surgical, nutrition therapy, rehabilitation and sleep disorder lab, as well as cardiology, vascular and maternal-fetal medicine services through its affiliation with University of Utah Health. Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center is an affiliate partner of the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.