Class A Institution
St. Mary’s first national accolades were earned in 1917, when the hospital was designated a “Class A Institution” by the American College of Surgeons. More recently, between 1994 and 2011, St. Mary’s was named among the nation’s 100 top hospitals by four different organizations that evaluated managerial practices, clinical outcomes or patient experience. Ever since 1990, a program of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) keeps St. Mary’s focused on quality and safety.
Day in and day out, St. Mary’s nurses uphold the quality standards set by those who came before them. In 2002, St. Mary’s was the first hospital in south-central Wisconsin to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence. St. Mary’s has twice since been redesignated a “Magnet Hospital,” the highest honor from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. That puts St. Mary’s nurses in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide to achieve such a benchmark.
At the turn of this century, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began to challenge hospitals through financial incentives to improve performance. St. Mary’s achieved even greater results than in the past and was soon officially recognized for performing quality hip and knee replacements and providing high-quality care for heart attacks, bypass surgery and pneumonia.
St. Mary’s was the first hospital to receive the Wisconsin Forward Award. In 1999, St. Mary’s was recognized at the Excellence level and, four times since, has earned other levels of the state’s honor for overall hospital quality. St. Mary’s Care Center received its own recognition four times, including in 2008 when it became the first skilled-care nursing facility to earn the Wisconsin Forward Award of Excellence. In 2011, a joint application by all facilities owned by SSM Health Care of Wisconsin yielded yet another award to the count for each.
In Good Company
As part of a four-state health care system based in St. Louis, Missouri, St. Mary’s enjoys the honors bestowed on the parent organization as well. In 2002, SSM Health Care became the first health care organization to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award for performance excellence. Similarly, SSMHC won the Missouri Quality Award in 2011 and was honored by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2010 as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare.