Section: Mission Hospital News

Mission Hospital Receives National Recognition for Surgical, Imaging


Mission Viejo, CA – Mission Hospital has recently been honored with nationwide recognitions for its surgical, imaging and cancer care services. In its pursuit for excellence in patient care, the hospital was recently awarded a three out of three-star rating for its cardiac surgical cases in 2010 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Mission Hospital also received a Gold Seal of Accreditation from the American College of Radiology for its quality imaging services using the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. Additionally, Mission Hospital’s cancer program was recently accredited with a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer following the hospital’s three-year evaluation survey.

“We are honored to be recognized with these national accreditations and honors,” said Markie Cowley, Mission Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“At Mission Hospital, our caring and compassionate staff strive daily to provide patients with the best care available today through technology and evidence-based protocols.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Three-Star RatingMission Hospital has been recognized with a three-star rating for its 2010 cardiac surgical cases on behalf of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In an analysis conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute called the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, Mission Hospital ranked in the top 13 percentile among 1032 hospitals evaluated, garnering the highest rating bestowed. “The STS Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) composite score and ranking is now one of the most sophisticated and widely regarded overall measures of quality in health care,” said Dr.Sevak Darbinian, a practicing heart surgeon at Mission Hospital. “This analysis empowers patients to research the quality of our surgeons’ outcomes and make decisions about their care with peace of mind.”Mission Hospital has been participating in the STS National Database for more than 10 years. Ratings and category details are available to the public through the STS Public Reporting online.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Seal of Accreditation
In its quest to provide the most advanced care, Mission Hospital has completed the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation Program, receiving a Gold Seal of Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The voluntary program evaluates the quality of imaging services and breast radiation dose. Mission’s accreditation was for its Stereotactic breast biopsy, a noninvasivealternative to open or surgical biopsy that uses a computer-guided imaging system toprecisely identify and remove abnormal breast tissue for cancer testing.

“The purpose of the accreditation program is to set quality standards that provide consumers with the knowledge and comfort that they will be treated with and by the best,” said Joe Gagliardo, Executive Director of Medical Imaging and Innovative Technologies at Mission Hospital. “This accreditation is a testament to the hard work of our staff and affiliated physicians and demonstrates our commitment to excellence, innovation and quality.” The ACR Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation Program provides facilities performing stereotactic breast biopsy procedures with peer review and constructive feedback on their staff’s qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy of needle placement, image quality and radiation dose.

Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Mission Hospital has been recently honored by the Commission on Cancer, a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons, with a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation. This accreditation is given to programs, either new or established, that comply with all standards set forth by the Commission on Cancer and receive a commendation rating for one or more standard.“Choosing a cancer care program is one the most difficult decisions a patient can make,” said Victoria McKinney, Executive Director of Women’s & Infants and Medical Surgical Services at Mission Hospital. “We strive to provide the most advanced cancer care technologies along with a highly skilled and caring staff to make the cancer care process as positive and effective as possible.”

As part of the accreditation process, cancer program surveys are completed to evaluate the entire scope, organization and activity of the cancer program. A survey is performed every three years by a physician surveyor who is specially trained to evaluate compliance with 36 standards, including program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, outcomes and data quality.The Commission on Cancer publicly provides information about accredited facilities to help individuals make their decision on cancer programs. In its most recent survey, Mission Hospital reported no deficiencies and received one or more commendation of the Commission’s standards.

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