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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes Huntington Hospital’s Critical Care Unit with Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in critical care at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet® Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“We are honored to receive the silver Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, recognizing the excellent care by the staff of our intensive care unit for our most critically ill patients,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our critical care nurses, physicians and employees are extremely dedicated caregivers. Every day, they continue to deliver exceptionally safe and compassionate care to patients on their unit with kindness and dignity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AACN President Megan Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC, applauds the commitment of the caregivers the critical care unit atHuntington Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of our exceptional community of nurses, who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” Brunson explained. “Achieving this award is such an honor and brings such joy to those who have worked so hard to achieve excellence in patient care and positive patient outcomes,” Brunson added.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned byHuntington Hospital’s critical care unit signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. Huntington Hospital’s critical care unit earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

The other Beacon Award designations are gold and bronze. Gold-level awardees demonstrate an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. Recipients who earn a bronze-level award are beginning the journey to excellence, which includes developing systematic policies, processes and procedures; identifying opportunities for staff participation; and recognizing the need to develop cycles of evaluation and improvement.

AACN honors Huntington Hospital’s critical care unit and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. and Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call 800-899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.

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Huntington Hospital Nationally Recognized with an “A” for the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Huntington Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

“I’m incredibly proud to share this achievement with our community,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our amazing caregivers and employees have been providing tireless, excellent care to our patients not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but throughout the year. This designation exemplifies our hard work and commitment to safety for every individual that walks through our doors.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Huntington Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Huntington Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2020. To see Huntington Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

 

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Huntington Hospital Signs Letter of Intent to Join Cedars-Sinai Health System

              

 

 

Letter of Intent Provides for Continued Local Governance, Ongoing Community Commitment

Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent for Huntington to affiliate with Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Cedars-Sinai Health System was established in 2017 to provide a platform for high-quality healthcare institutions to collaborate and share resources and expertise. It currently comprises Cedars-Sinai (which includes Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, as well as its network of physicians and medical offices throughout Southern California) and Torrance Memorial (which includes Torrance Memorial Medical Center, its network of physicians and medical offices throughout the South Bay).

The Letter of Intent includes commitments for continued investment in Huntington Hospital—in enterprise information technology, ambulatory services and physician development. It resulted from a strategic review by a special committee of the Huntington Hospital Board of Directors, led by Chair Jaynie Studenmund.

“I am delighted to announce this first step toward creating an affiliation between Cedars-Sinai Health System and Huntington Hospital that will further strengthen the communities we serve,” said Studenmund. “After reviewing a variety of alternatives, it became clear to our board that connecting our trusted brand of care to Cedars-Sinai Health System is the right choice to secure our future, enabling us to continue to provide high-quality care to the community for years to come.”

Studenmund continued, “Cedars-Sinai Health System is among the nation’s top hospitals across a variety of metrics and has demonstrated a commitment to build on the strengths of its affiliates to advance clinical quality and outcomes, provide outstanding patient care and engage with the communities it serves. This step will allow for a continued focus on quality patient care, excellence in our nursing and medical staff, and the ongoing fulfillment of our historic mission for the benefit of our physicians, employees and the communities of the San Gabriel Valley.”

“Huntington Hospital’s longstanding commitment to the community, its reputation for quality and its outstanding physicians, nurses and other staff make it a very good fit for Cedars-Sinai Health System,” said Vera Guerin, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Health System Board of Directors.
“Collaborations and sharing of resources throughout the health system will further strengthen Huntington’s ability to serve the community for decades to come.”

Huntington Hospital anticipates that the shared clinical expertise from affiliating with a system that includes one of the nation’s most esteemed academic and research medical centers—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—will benefit its patients, physicians and allied clinical staff in many ways in the years ahead.

The Letter of Intent sustains Huntington’s 128-year legacy and its connection to the communities it serves. It provides for an ongoing commitment to advancing Huntington’s existing mission and unique culture as a community institution governed by its local community board. In addition, philanthropy and volunteer support will remain locally controlled and utilized for Huntington Hospital and its existing community.

For now, it remains business as usual at Huntington Hospital. There is currently no plan for a change in job positions based on the Letter of Intent.

Dr. Lori Morgan, CEO of Huntington noted, “Cedars-Sinai Health System has demonstrated a commitment to build on the strengths of its affiliates to advance clinical quality and outcomes, provide outstanding patient care and engage with the communities it serves, making it the clear choice for Huntington and our stakeholders. We expect that Huntington would be both a strong contributor to this world-renowned, nonprofit system and enjoy the benefits of joining a larger, regional organization to preserve our legacy of compassionate, community-based care well into the future.”

“The Huntington board, along with Lori Morgan and her colleagues, has a great vision for Huntington’s future, which will further strengthen an already outstanding institution for the benefit of the community,” said Thomas M. Priselac, Cedars-Sinai Health System president and CEO. “Being part of Cedars-Sinai Health System would help them achieve that vision, as well as enable collaborations with other health system members to increase access to high-quality care throughout the region.”

With the Letter of Intent completed, Cedars-Sinai Health System and Huntington Hospital now begin work on a definitive agreement. Completing the affiliation is subject to customary closing conditions, including securing necessary regulatory approvals.

About Cedars-Sinai Health System

Cedars-Sinai Health System was established in 2017 to bring together a collaborative network of high-quality healthcare institutions to share resources and expertise. Expanding patient access to convenient and affordable clinical care is a fundamental goal of the health system. Currently, the Cedars-Sinai Health System comprises Cedars-Sinai (which includes the 890-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the 145-bed Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital), joint ventures with California Rehabilitation Institute and Cedars-Sinai Providence Tarzana Medical Center, as well as its network of physicians and ambulatory services at more than 40 locations throughout Southern California and Torrance Memorial (which includes the 470-bed Torrance Memorial Medical Center, its network of physicians and medical offices throughout the South Bay). The institutions in the health system serve nearly 2 million people each year.

About Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.org, is a 619-bed not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena, California. We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about us on Facebook www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter @huntingtonnews.

Media Contacts

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Duke Helfand

Executive Director, Communications

310-423-4714

duke.helfand@cshs.org

Huntington Hospital

Eileen Neuwirth

Executive Director, Communications and Brand Strategy

(626) 397-5464

eileen.neuwirth@huntingtonhospital.com

Abernathy MacGregor

John Peter Kaytrosh / James Bourne

(213) 630-6550

jp@abmac.com / jab@abmac.com

 

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Congratulations to December’s DAISY award winner, Jenna Weichman, RN

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jenna. She always goes above and beyond to support her colleagues and take care of her patients. I can always count on her without a doubt. I had a patient who had a mental breakdown in the hallway. Jenna came right away when I asked for help. I was impressed with her patience and positive attitude. She took her time to comfort the patient and even sat on the floor with my patient until the patient calmed down. Another day, I had an agitated patient who kept on getting out of bed. Jenna automatically stayed in the room and kept an eye on the patient for me. Without her support, I would not be able to focus on my work and care for my other patients. I really appreciate Jenna for all her support, encouragement and also bringing kindness to our unit which eases a challenging work environment. My patients expressed their gratitude for her as well. I feel very fortunate to have her here on our team! Thank you for all you do!

Congratulations, Jenna, for your well-deserved DAISY Award!

 

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RN Interview Day at Huntington Hospital

RN Interview Day at Huntington Hospital

RN Interview Day at Huntington Hospital

Sign on Bonus up to $10,000 for Full-time Nights

Thursday, June 6, 2019

10am – 2pm

100 W California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Conference Room 5 & 6

RSVP (626) 397-5277 or HHOpenHouse@huntingtonhospital.com

Experienced RNs in the following specialties are invited!

  • OR (Surgical Services)
  • ED (Emergency)
  • PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
  • CCU (Critical Care Unit)
  • DOU (Definitive Observation Unit)
  • Labor & Delivery

Qualifications:

BSN required

Current active unrestricted RN license

Minimum 1 year experience in the specialty to which you are applying

Current BLS , ACLS, PALS if required by the position

Apply in advance by searching these specialities at https://www.hhcareers.com/job-search-results/?category=Nursing

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U.S. News & World Report has announced they have ranked Huntington Hospital the #5 Best Hospital in Los Angeles and the #10 Best Hospital in California.

U.S. News & World Report has announced they have ranked Huntington Hospital the #5 Best Hospital in Los Angeles and the #10 Best Hospital in California.

This is a reflection of the compassionate and world-class care the Huntington team provides to patients every day!

            

National Rankings

Gynecology (#33 in the country)

Urology (#16 in the country)

Huntington Hospital was also recognized in 14 types of care

“High Performing” in seven adult specialties:

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatric
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology

“High Performing” in seven common adult procedures and conditions:

  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement

Learn about how you can be a part of a recognized team of healthcare professionals by viewing our current job opportunities at https://www.hhcareers.com/

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U.S. News & World Report Names Huntington Hospital 4th Best Hospital in Los Angeles and 9th in California

Best Regional Hospitals & World reports in U.S News

Huntington Hospital has once again been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2017-18 Los Angeles and California by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Huntington Hospital was named the fourth “Best Hospital” in the greater Los Angeles area. The hospital was also named ninth “Best Hospital” overall in California and was ranked among the best in the country in gynecology and urology.

Huntington Hospital was also ranked Best Regional Hospital in 15 types of care, with recognition as “High Performing” in seven adult specialties – diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatric, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology; and in eight common adult procedures and conditions – aortic valve surgery, heart bypass, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Stephen A. Ralph, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “It gives me great pride to congratulate and thank our caring nurses, skilled physicians and dedicated employees and volunteers for earning these designations, which are the result of the compassionate care they provide our patients every day.”

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 146 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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Healthgrades 2016-2017

With a strong focus on outcomes, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Huntington Hospital was recognized for a variety of service lines and outcomes, most recently for clinical outcomes in the top 5 percent of the nation. Learn more in our press release.

  • 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals
  • Outstanding Patient Experience
  • 5-Star Prostate Removal
  • Top 10% in Nation for Stroke Care
  • Top 5% in Nation for Pulmonary Care
  • Top 5% of Hospitals in Clinical Outcomes
Distinguished Hospital Health GradesAmericas 50 Best Hospitals Health Grades

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U.S. News & World Report names Huntington Hospital 4th “Best Hospital” in Los Angeles area and 9th in California

Huntington Hospital has again been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most complicated conditions. Huntington Hospital was named the fourth “Best Hospital” in the greater Los Angeles area. The hospital was also named one of the ten “Best Hospitals” overall in California and was ranked among the best in the country in geriatrics, gynecology (4-way tie) and neurology & neurosurgery (5-way tie). 

“Being named one of the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report is a tribute to the excellent health care and compassionate service provided by our outstanding physicians, caring nurses, professional staff and advanced clinical programs,” said Stephen A. Ralph, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “We are honored to receive this recognition as we continue to provide world-class care to our community with kindness and dignity.” 

Huntington Hospital was also ranked Best Regional Hospital in 13 types of care, with recognition as “High Performing” in six adult specialties – diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI Surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology; and in seven common adult procedures and conditions – abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 

“U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.” 

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. 

For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care. 

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1. For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.