Pictured (l-r) are Carolyn Jackson, project manager, Delmarva Foundation, Dean Teague, chief operating officer, CMH, Dr. Mike Brooks, chief medical officer, CMH, Debbie Rosnage, RN, Karen Seekford, RN, Mary Kaye Kohut, president, Delmarva Foundation; Susan Dohony, CMH vice president for quality improvement, Vonda Stamp, RN, Michelle Dahlberg, RN, Judi Jones, RN, Diane Couchman, vice president of clinical services, Dr. John Schnabel, medical director of emergency services, all members of the Core Measures Task Force.

Calvert Memorial Hospital has received the 2013 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care. CMH was one of 16 hospitals statewide to receive the prestigious award, which recognizes those facilities that excel in “significant and sustained” quality care.

“We are pleased to recognize Calvert Memorial Hospital with this award,” said Mary Kay Kohut, president of the Delmarva Foundation.   “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients.”

This is the sixth time that CMH has earned the Delmarva Excellence Award. Specifically, Calvert achieved high marks for preventing surgical infections and treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients – based on established measures for best practice.

The Delmarva Foundation, created in 1973, is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare quality improvement. The non-profit organization works to improve care for Maryland’s 730,000 plus Medicare beneficiaries and to provide consumers with quality information to help them make informed choices.

“We are pleased to be selected by the Delmarva Foundation to receive this high honor,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “This award is especially meaningful because it compares our performance to national benchmarks for quality care.”

To qualify for the award, CMH achieved over 90 percent for four consecutive quarters (or 12 months) in 2013 on 11 key clinical indicators – such as treating surgical patients with prophylactic antibiotics one hour prior to surgery to reduce the risk of infection. 

Other measures include the use of beta-blocker medications for the treatment of a heart attack and the use of antibiotics prior to surgery. The performance measures are selected based on “best practice” or what has proven effective over time according to the latest clinical research. “Doing these things result in better outcomes for our patients,” said Judi Jones of the CMH quality management team.

Susan Dohony, vice president of quality and risk management at CMH, credits the Core Measures Task Force with leading the effort. The multidisciplinary group includes members from the executive and quality management teams as well as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, educators and IT staff.

“Providing the highest quality care in a safe environment is what we strive to achieve every day,” said Xinis. “This recognition is really a tribute to our entire team. Quality care begins with quality people. And that is certainly true here.”