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Latest as of August 2013:

Asante Rogue Regional CCU Earns Award

KDRV TV12, Medford

August 21, 2013

MEDFORD, Ore.— Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center’s Coronary Care Unit (CCU) has been awarded the Gold Beacon Award.

The award is given through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). To apply for it, a 50 page application must be completed after several months of collecting data.

“This is truly a team effort,” nurse specialist, Anne Hansen, said. “It’s not about one person here, one person there, one nurse, one surgeon, or one cardiologist. To make this award be gold everybody has to come together to be a team.”

There are 13 hospitals across the state of Oregon that have earned the Beacon Award, but only three of them have been the Gold; and of those three, the CCU at Asante Rogue Regional is the only cardiac unit. The ICU is a Beacon Silver Award recipient.

“I’m able to tell my patients yes you have a good doctor, yes this is a place I’d bring my loved one if they had a heart issue,” Sarah Carlyle, the Staff Development Specialist, said. “I trust this place and this validates that on a national level.”

The Beacon Award was created to recognize individual units that show outstanding performance in every facet of patient care. For critical care nurses, this means a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.


Three Rivers ranked among best hospitals in state

Grants Pass Daily Courier

Aug. 3, 2013

A website recognized nationally as an independent source of information about physicians and hospitals has ranked two local hospitals as among the best in the state for orthopedic care.

Healthgrades named Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford as number 1 and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass as number 2 in Oregon for overall orthopedic services.

At Asante hospitals, the orthopedic surgeons have dedicated themselves over time to develop the best possible care, and all staff have consistently put clinical quality and patients first, according to a news release from Asante.

The following rankings were reported by Healthgrades:

Rogue Regional Medical Center
  • Ranked No. 1 in Oregon for overall orthopedic services for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • Ranked No. 1 in Oregon for joint replacement for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • One of America’s 100 best hospitals for orthopedic surgery for two years in a Row (2012-13).
  • One of America’s 100 best hospitals for joint replacement for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • Recipient of the orthopedic surgery excellence award for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • Recipient of the joint replacement excellence award for three Years in a Row (2011-13).
  • Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for joint replacement for two years in a row (2012-13).
  • Five stars, hip fracture treatment.
  • Five stars, hip replacement.
  • Five stars, total knee replacement.
  • General surgery excellence award.
  • Five stars in these other areas: stroke, heart failure, gynecological surgery, back and neck surgery, cholecystectomy, bowel obstruction, respiratory failure, and appendectomy.
Three Rivers Medical Center
  • Ranked No. 2 in Oregon for overall orthopedic services (2013).
  • Five stars, hip fracture treatment.
  • Five stars, total knee replacement.
  • General surgery excellence award
  • Five stars in these other areas: heart failure, respiratory failure, sepsis, cholecystectomy and stroke.

Choosing a hospital can be a life-or-death decision. The Healthgrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to one-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in the Medford area can be found online at HealthGrades.com.

Key findings of the Healthgrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include the following:

  • Patients had, on average a 73 percent lower risk of dying in a five-star rated hospital compared to a one-star rated hospital, and a 54 percent lower risk of dying in a five-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
  • Patients were, on average, 63 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at one-star programs, and had a 43 percent lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.

For more, go to www.healthgrades.com.

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