Valley West Hospital has earned several awards so far in 2014. Beating out most urban hospitals, they received the “Most Wired of 2014”award along with Kishwaukee Hospital, for advancements in technology from the survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
Valley West received the distinction of being at the top of quality care for their patients when the Joint Commission awarded them as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting specific performance standards. Valley West is one of 1,099 hospitals in the United States that achieve this accolade. Valley West was specifically commended for achievements in pneumonia and surgical care.
When compared to 70 other Chicago area hospitals, Valley West was named one the top picks in Illinois for patient safety by a popular consumer rating magazine; they tied one other hospital for the highest overall patient safety score. Valley West received its highest rankings in doctor-patient communication; nurse-patient communication; pain control; appropriate use of abdominal screening; appropriate use of chest scanning; and room quietness. Scores for avoiding readmissions; overall patient experience; help from hospital staff; room cleanliness; and use of electronic health records ranked above average.
In addition to the highly acclaimed technology, patient care, overall quality, and facility expansion with upgrades, the services at Valley West cost less compared to other hospitals. Prices for most services are listed on their website at kishhealth.org.
Are you concerned that your doctor may not be able to treat you at Valley West? Many of the same doctors you would see at other area healthcare facilities are also on staff at Valley West. “Our doctors have admitting privileges to perform surgeries at Rush-Copley, Mercy (Hospital and Medical Center), etc., and people don’t realize this,” said Proulx. “Knowing you could have the same doctor (as a metropolitan hospital), using the same state-of-the-art equipment while paying less for higher quality, why would you want to go anywhere else?”
Valley West Hospital offers a wide variety of services with a community-based medical staff of 150 physicians who are able to care for patients covering most specialties. Hospital services include; Cardiac Rehab, Cardiology, Community Wellness Programs, Emergency Room, Gastroenterology, Laboratory Services, Maternity Suites/Obstetrics, Nutrition Counseling, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging, Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Disorders and Surgical Services.
As a patient you have a choice in healthcare about when you see your doctor and where your services are performed. That is what it means to be health empowered – tell your physician you choose Valley West Hospital.
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