Local, regional and national recognition is an added indication that we are on the right path. From recognized excellence in cancer and cardiac care, to accolades for patient safety and the highest level of quality breast care, the team at Milford Regional continues to work to exemplify how world-class care is delivered in a community setting. We are proud to share some of the many ways we have received notification of our excellence in 2017.
The Breast Center at Milford Regional Earns National Accreditation
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), granted three-year accreditation to Milford Regional’s Breast Center in 2017. The accreditation is only given to those centers that have committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. A breast center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
The Breast Center Team includes medical specialists from Milford Regional and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.
Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation with Commendation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Milford Regional. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Milford Regional takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
Laboratory, Blood Bank and Respiratory Earn National Accreditation
The Clinical Laboratory, including Blood Bank and Respiratory, were awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). In addition, the Blood Bank was awarded accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). During the accreditation process, inspectors examine records, quality control of procedures, equipment, facilities and safety programs, as well as overall management for the preceding two years. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for patients.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader
Milford Regional’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program was certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in 2017. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. This certification recognizes Milford Regional for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Milford Regional’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.
Milford Regional Receives an “A” for Patient Safety Once Again
Milford Regional Medical Center received an “A” for patient safety in both the spring and fall 2017 reviews by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system. The Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.
Milford Regional Receives High Performing Recognition by U.S. News & World Report
Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the performance of nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country on a variety of metrics. Milford Regional was pleased to receive a High Performing ranking for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2017.
Community Votes Milford Regional #1 Hospital in the Region
When the Community Newspaper Company announced winners for their annual Readers Choice Awards in 2017, Milford Regional received the “#1 Hospital” award locally, as well as the “#1 Regional Favorite Hospital” award, which surveys 23 surrounding towns. This community vote of confidence is one of the most cherished by the entire Milford Regional team, as it shows the enthusiasm and confidence of those we treat every day.
Distinguished as a 2017 Most Wired Hospital
Milford Regional was named a 2017 Most Wired hospital, a recognition that has been given to only nine hospitals in Massachusetts for excellence in information technology. The recognition was based on the results of the 19th Annual HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey released recently by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. As a Most Wired hospital, Milford Regional is recognized for its robust wireless network for providers and clinical staff, use of assistive technologies to ensure positive patient identification, electronic prescribing, electronic transmission of summary of care records for transition in care, redundancies that support patient care in the event of a disaster and strong security safeguards to protect patient health information.
In addition to national, regional and local validation of many efforts at Milford Regional Medical Center in 2017, there have also been a list of internal accolades that further exemplifies our excellence as a community healthcare system. To enjoy learning about these, CLICK HERE