Awards & Accreditations
Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Advanced Heart Failure
The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Heart Failure recognizes centers that provide the highest quality of care for patients with heart failure. Penn State Health St. Joseph received this certification in 2016.
American Heart Association 2019 Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus
Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Developed with the goal to save lives and hasten recovery, Get
With The Guidelines programs have touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating (heart failure or stroke) patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of nine heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.
American Heart Association and Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s Mission: Lifeline Accreditation as a STEMI Receiving Center Accreditation
The timing for treating someone having a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death. To help save lives, the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care joined forces in September 2011 to launch the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Referring/Receiving Center Accreditation Program. The program recognizes hospitals that quickly and appropriately treat heart attack patients. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Referral/Receiving Accreditation Program recognizes centers that have demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting stringent criteria.
American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients.
Hospitals receiving Mission: Lifeline® Silver Award have met specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.
Designated Blue Distinction Center Cardiac Care
The Blue Distinction Center program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals on their ability to deliver high quality and safe specialty care based on criteria that directly impact patient results – e.g., surgical team expertise and a history of better outcomes for patients.
Blue Distinction Centers+ not only meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, but they also go a step further. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Center+ designation are also measured on how efficiently they deliver this high-quality patient care.
Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
In 2018, St. Joseph Medical Center’s Cancer Center achieved Full Accreditation status from Commission on Cancer®
American College of Radiology: Radiation Oncology
The Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program provides third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care, with evaluation of staff, equipment, treatment planning and records, patient safety and quality control activities.
Quality Oncology Practice Initiative
Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) is an oncologist-led, practice-based quality assessment program designed to promote excellence in cancer care by helping practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement.
Prevent Cancer Foundation®
Grant given that will reduce cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers and improve access to breast health for Latinas in Reading, Pennsylvania, through targeted outreach, education and patient navigation. The program will use a promotora (community health worker) approach, and the group aims to provide one-on-one and group education for 500 Latinas, as well as screening mammograms for 100 of these women.
Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification
The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services they provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Penn State Health St. Joseph received this certification in 2014 and 2016.
American Heart Association 2019 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus
Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Developed with the goal to save lives and hasten recovery, Get With The Guidelines programs have touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.
Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating (heart failure or stroke) patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of nine heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.
In 2019, St. Joseph qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, making St. Joseph part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes St. Joseph Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that every stroke patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards.
Breidegam Family Birthing Center
Capital Blue Cross Designated BlueDistinction® Center+ Maternity Care
Hospitals that received a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation must be nationally accredited and meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care. They also initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ not only meet the qualifying standards in each area of specialty care, but also they are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.
Women’s Choice Award: America’s Best Hospitals in Obstetrics
Those who carry the Women’s Choice Award seal are demonstrating that they understand the importance of delivering to you and your family a level of patient satisfaction that you can count on when choosing a hospital. The Women’s Choice Award seal gives you comfort and confidence in your decision. Penn State Health St. Joseph received this award in 2015.
Baby-Friendly USA’s Baby-Friendly Designated Birth Facility
Baby-Friendly USA’s Baby-Friendly Designated Birth Facility Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Centering Healthcare Institute’s Approved Centering Site
Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) approved sites have successfully gone through CHI’s Site Approval process. Penn State Health St. Joseph centering program exhibits all the essential elements that define the Centering model of care, has solid plans for model sustainability, and has a positive impact on healthy birth outcomes
The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s Community Champions Achievement Award
Centering Pregnancy program receives the 2015 Community Champions Achievement Award for being recognized as “best practice” that can be used and adapted for the future, and has been shared to help other facilities provide the highest quality and safest care to their patients. The Centering model of care provides pregnant women with educational topics like nutrition, dental health, breastfeeding, infant care, pain management during labor, and transitioning into parenthood. The program also partners with social service agencies to help individuals receive care across the full continuum.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Cindy Griffis BSN, RN of Penn State Health St. Joseph has received her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification. An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). An IBCLC works in a wide variety of settings, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field.
American College of Radiology: Lung Cancer Screening Center
The facility meets the criteria for a designated lung cancer screening center.
American College of Radiology: Magnetic Rensonance Imaging (MRI)
The MRI Accreditation Program evaluates staff qualifications, quality control, MR safety policies and image quality. Accreditation is required for providers that bill for MRI under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
American College of Radiology: Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The Breast MRI Accreditation Program provides facilities with peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, MR safety policies and image quality.
American College of Radiology: Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP’s) Laboratory Accreditation Program accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with the most scientifically rigorous customized checklist requirements.
The CAP’s peer-based inspector model provides a unique balance of regulatory and educational coaching supported by the most respected worldwide pathology organization.
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Training.
Vascular Lab Receives Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Re-Accreditation
The Penn State Health Non-Invasive Lab earned re-accreditation for three years in Vascular Testing in the areas of External Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing and Peripheral Arterial Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
The IAC accreditation certifies that St. Joseph’s Vascular Diagnostic Service has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.