The NCH Wingard Stroke Institute has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for Comprehensive Stroke Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. There are only 4 designated Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Florida accredited by The Joint Commission and NCH Wingard Stroke Center will become the 5th and only center on the West coast of Florida to achieve this designation. For more than 70 years, The Joint Commission has been a global driver of quality improvement and patient safety in health care. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organizations highest commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Proper accreditation is now more important than ever for a hospital to display its commitment to high-quality, comprehensive patient care. Thats why The Joint Commission focuses on quality care with the goal of helping hospitals become high reliability organizations for delivering safe, effective care. Achieving Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification is the benchmark for delivering the highest level of care in the healthcare industry. No other certifications are as comprehensive, respected, and as widely recognized as the Joint Commission. We could not be more proud of this amazing accreditation we receive today, said Mazen AbuAwad, MD, Medical Director for the NCH Wingard Stroke Institute. This accomplishment as the only Joint Commission designated Comprehensive Stroke Center in SW Florida is the culmination of years of teamwork. It represents a commitment to quality process improvements that are ultimately reflected in the higher-than-average outcomes and care we provide to stroke patients who come to NCH as opposed to going to a non-accredited hospital. NCH had already received certification as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center from The Joint Commission in coordination with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This designation makes NCH the one and only certified Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southwest Florida. Todays designation from The Joint Commission further confirms that NCH is the best place to go in a stroke event, said NCH President and CEO, Paul Hiltz. Our community should feel confident in choosing the best quality in SWFL, right here at NCH. We are always doing more to strive for excellence for our patients. As a healthcare accreditor, The Joint Commission works with healthcare organizations across care settings to inspire a safer and higher quality of care that is more equitable and compassionate, says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. Through collaborating on innovative solutions and evidence-based resources and tools, The Joint Commission helps drive improvement while maintaining accountability through our leading survey methods and standards. We commend NCH for its commitment to advancing safety, quality, equity, and compassion for all patients.
In the realm of senior therapy, the integration of music and arts stands out as a transformative approach to holistic well-being. Recent studies highlight the profound cognitive benefits that music can offer to seniors, from stimulating memory recall to enhancing overall cognitive function. Whether through familiar melodies that evoke cherished memories or the joy of learning a new instrument, music becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and connection, particularly for seniors facing cognitive decline. Simultaneously, engaging in visual and performing arts provides an avenue for creative expression, offering a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The emotional impact of these creative endeavors is equally significant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and fostering a sense of community through shared experiences in choir singing or art classes.In essence, the incorporation of music and arts into senior therapy transcends mere entertainment, becoming a vital aspect of promoting the overall well-being of older individuals. By tapping into the creative spirit, seniors can find avenues for cognitive stimulation, emotional connection, and a renewed sense of purpose. As society recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to senior care, the role of music and arts in therapeutic practices emerges as a valuable and enriching endeavor for the aging population, contributing to a fulfilling and vibrant later life.
NCH Healthcare System is happy to announce that it has maintained a 4 out of 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fifth year in a row. This recognition underscores NCHs commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, outstanding clinical outcomes and a patient-centered approach to healthcare.The CMS Star Rating System is designed to assess the quality and performance of healthcare organizations across the United States. It evaluates various factors, including patient experience, safety measures, clinical outcomes and adherence to best practices. Securing and maintaining a 4-star rating is no small feat; this achievement reflects NCHs dedication to providing high-quality care that meets and exceeds national standards. NCH hospitals were ranked 4 stars with CMS last year as well.We are immensely proud to receive this prestigious recognition from CMS, said Paul Hiltz, President and CEO of NCH. This 4-star rating reaffirms our dedication to delivering high-quality, patient-centered care to the individuals and families we serve.NCH remains committed to providing a compassionate and patient-centric approach to healthcare. Its state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology and a team of highly skilled medical professionals ensure that patients receive the best possible care and treatment during their time with us. Moreover, our emphasis on continuous improvement and innovative practices has been critical in maintaining this exceptional rating from CMS. We actively listen to patient feedback and engage in ongoing initiatives to further enhance the care experience and safety of everyone who walks through our doors.We are dedicated to continuously improving our practices and raising the bar for quality care, said Carlos Quintero, Chief Experience Officer at NCH Healthcare System This recognition inspires us to keep pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional team of physicians, nurses and staff who strive every day to deliver the best possible care to our patients.NCH has a long-standing tradition of excellence and has been serving the community for over 65 years. The organizations commitment to quality improvement and patient satisfaction has earned it recognition as a trusted healthcare provider in Southwest Florida, as well as being named among the top 100 hospitals in the nation.