Awards, Accreditation & Memberships
Awards, accreditations and memberships are a good way to both evaluate whether or not a hospital is meeting the required minimum industry standards and, in some cases, how it exceeds these standards. Some of these are required for all hospitals to have, but many of the ones listed are either voluntary or awarded without application. For instance, Magnet recognition is given to less that 3% of hospital in the United States. The following is an overview of Middlesex Hospital’s awards and accreditations.
The Joint Commission (‘90, ‘93, ‘96, ‘99, ‘02, ‘05, ‘08)
The Joint Commission is the most recognized accrediting agency for hospitals and health care organizations. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement are contingent upon The Joint Commission survey findings and accreditation by The Joint Commission is considered the “stamp of approval” for hospitals by health care consumers. Surveys are performed every three years and consist of evaluation of the hospital against hundreds of standards, including those relating to patient rights, assessment and care of patients, quality, leadership, management of information, medical staff, nursing and infection control.
Magnet® Recognition (2001, 2005, 2010)
- Middlesex Hospital became Connecticut’s first and only Magnet hospital, a prestigious mark of nursing excellence granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an arm of the American Nurses Association. The Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet hospital twice since the original recognition, a feat accomplished by less than 1% of U.S. hospitals.
- Magnet hospitals must meet stringent quantitative and qualitative standards that define the highest quality nursing services and patient care. Middlesex Hospital’s initial three-year-long Magnet assessment process required more than 1,000 pages of documentation, months of intense scrutiny, plus random, face-to-face, on-the-job interviews and observation by a team of ANCC assessors.
- Magnet status enhances a hospital’s ability to recruit and retain highly-qualified nurses and other staff. The evaluation process encompasses nurse-management style, nursing autonomy, quality of leadership, care practices and career development – all the things that go into attracting, keeping and motivating the best nursing and other health care professionals.
State Department of Public Health Licensure (1990-present)
- The State Department of Public Health inspects all hospitals at least every three years, utilizing the Public Health Codes as criteria for its review. Middlesex Hospital maintains uninterrupted state licensure.
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Benchmarks for Success Study
- Middlesex Hospital has been designated three times as one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®. This prestigious national award evaluates hospital performance in nine different areas: Mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care.
Middlesex Hospital was the only Connecticut hospital named in 2008 and 2009. Unlike many other awards and designations, the 100 Top Hospitals® designation is based on an objective, statistical comparison of hospital-wide performance, using publicly available data from more than 3,000 hospitals across the country.
Safest Hospitals in America
- In its seventh annual study of quality and clinical excellence, HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings organization, has identified Middlesex Hospital as one of only 270 hospitals (out of 5,000 nationwide) that collectively had a 28 percent lower mortality rate and eight percent lower complication rate than the national average. The full list reflects the top five percent of hospitals nationwide.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
The NCQA accreditation program involves a comprehensive review of the full range of disease management functions to assess the quality of the programs. Earning the voluntary NCQA disease management accreditation is an indication that an organization is dedicated to giving patients and practitioners the support systems, education and other help necessary to ensure good outcomes and good care.
- The Middlesex Hospital Center for Chronic Care Management, the department that oversees all disease management programs, was most recently reaccredited by the NCQA in 2009.
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (2000-present)
The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center is approved by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS). The ACOS Commission's approval program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards.
- Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (2009-present)
Middlesex Hospital is a fully-accredited Comprehensive Breast Center, through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and only the third hospital in Connecticut to receive this national designation. As such, the Center provides a multidisciplinary, technologically advanced approach to care in an easily accessible location. The comprehensive program provides clinical, diagnostic, and support services to patients, before, during and after their services or treatment.
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
CAP is a private, not-for-profit accrediting organization that has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its requirements deemed as equivalent to or more stringent than CMS’s regulatory requirements. The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services through voluntary participation, professional peer review, education and compliance with established performance standards. Upon successful completion of the inspection process, the laboratory is awarded CAP accreditation, and becomes part of an exclusive group of more than 6,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Middlesex Hospital holds a license from the NRC for the radioactive materials it uses in certain imaging and radiation oncology procedures. The Hospital’s linear accelerator is registered with the State of Connecticut and its mammography center is certified by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Public Health Service of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
The Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency is accredited by the ACGME. The ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that accredits more than 7,800 residency programs in 119 specialties and subspecialties affecting nearly 100,000 residents. Its mission is to improve the quality of patient care through improving and maintaining the quality of graduate medical education for physician training in the United States. Accreditation is voluntary, however, programs must be ACGME-accredited in order to receive graduate medical education funds from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Residents must graduate from ACGME-accredited programs to be eligible to take their board certification examinations. In addition, Connecticut requires two years of study in an ACGME-accredited residency program for physician licensure.