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Quality & Safety

At Emerson Hospital, we want you to know that quality and patient safety are our top priorities. In fact, we are committed to being what’s called a high-reliability organization, which means we continuously work to improve patient outcomes and make this hospital a safe environment for you and your loved ones.

We do this in two key ways:

  • A dedicated Quality and Patient Safety Department works with hospital leaders, physicians and staff to identify ways to continually improve quality and safety, including by reducing the incidence of serious preventable events such as health care-associated infections, patient falls, and medication errors. This department also monitors performance on important quality measures.
  • Our Patient & Family Advisory Council provides valuable insight that informs our policies, planning, service delivery, quality improvement and facility design to ensure that our care is truly patient- and family-centered, and delivered in a setting that supports healing and positive outcomes

Transparency about our quality and safety efforts

Importantly, we believe in sharing the results of our quality and safety efforts with the community we serve through open reporting of outcomes and quality measures. To that end, Emerson participates in statewide reporting initiatives and data-sharing — and you can find information on our quality and safety performance on these websites:

Antibiotic Stewardship

Worldwide efforts are underway to change how antibiotics are used in order to improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance and provide evidence-based patient care. At Emerson, we have established the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, which formalizes support for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program from hospital administration, the board of directors and the medical staff. There is much evidence that programs such as the one at Emerson can improve patient outcomes by decreasing resistance patterns and the cost of care.

The Antibiotic Stewardship Program’s coordinated approach will improve the appropriate use of antibiotics by promoting selection of the optimal antibiotic drug regimen — specifically, the right choice of antibiotic, along with the right route of administration, dose, time/frequency and duration.

To learn more about when it is appropriate to use antibiotics, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Your feedback is important to us

Patient feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and where we need to improve. That is why we ask you to tell us about your experience and level of satisfaction with our care through a survey called HCAHPS, or the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, administered by an organization called Press Ganey.

Soon after discharge from Emerson (and most hospitals in the U.S.), patients are mailed this survey in order to provide feedback about their recent hospital stay. Here is recent data from the Press Ganey surveys on the percentage of patients surveyed who would recommend Emerson Hospital for their care:

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This graph illustrates surveyed patients’ overall satisfaction with emergency care at Emerson Hospital:

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If you have a question or concern about your care

If you have concerns about the quality of the care you have received at Emerson Hospital, we urge you to make your concerns known to us.

Accreditations and recognition

At Emerson Hospital, we are committed to your health and wellbeing. Emerson is proud to have the highest safety and quality scores. We've recently earned an A for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and a five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service — objective, third-party affirmation that we have met rigorous national standards for quality and safety.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission National Quality ApprovalEmerson Hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and has received its gold seal of approval. TJC conducts rigorous onsite inspections (called surveys) to ensure that hospitals nationwide are adhering to the strict standards of care mandated by state and federal governments.

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. The accreditation process — both the preparation and the actual inspection — helps hospitals improve their performance.

Surveys take place every three years and are unannounced. Emerson’s last survey took place in August 2019. Visit QualityCheck.org to view Emerson's Joint Commission quality report.

Emerson Hospital Awarded for Quality and Patient Safety

5/11/2022
Learn about Emerson’s latest patient safety and quality awards from Healthgrades, The Leap Frog Group and the Women’s Choice Award. Emerson earned the highest honors for obstetrics, orthopedics, and more!

Important Information About COVID Testing and Symptoms

1/4/2022
With the current surge it is important to decrease the impact on our health care system. We ask the community to take proper precautions to avoid a COVID-19 infection and to limit usage of emergency departments to life-threatening emergencies. Read on for more information on COVID-19 precautions, symptoms of infection, and where and how to get tested.

Emerson Named a Top Hospital in the U.S.

12/9/2021
Emerson Hospital was named a 2021 "Top Hospital" in the U.S. by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), the nation's most competitive recognition for safety and quality excellence.