QUALITY MEASURES AND TRANSPARENCY
Skagit Regional Health is committed to providing safe, quality patient care and embraces transparency in public reporting of quality measurements and national scorecards to promote education and awareness among consumers. This commitment matches Skagit Regional Health's vision to make “Skagit Regional Health the best integrated health system in the Northwest, dedicated to understanding and exceeding our patients’ expectations.”
Skagit Regional Health / Skagit Valley Hospital is at the forefront of transparency by voluntarily providing quality and pricing data to initiatives including the Washington State Hospital Association’s Quality Measures Web site, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare Web site and participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives campaigns.
Learn more about Skagit Valley Hospital’s quality performance at these state and national Web sites:
- 'Why Not The Best' compares Skagit Valley Hospital with state and national quality measures
- 'Washington State Hospital Association' compares Skagit Valley Hospital with all Washington State hospitals' quality measures
- 'Hospital Compare' compares Skagit Valley Hospital with area hospitals' quality measures
View our "Partnership for Patients: Health Care Without Complications" report.
Skagit Valley Hospital's number one service standard is SAFETY. Infection prevention is one of the top goals under that standard. Washington residents can now compare and research infection rates for hospitals by going to a new Web site dedicated to Healthcare Associated Infections, sponsored by the state Department of Health.
Reporting of infection rates in hospitals is controversial because of variation in monitoring and methods of collecting the data.
If you choose to compare our rates with others please understand that a true comparison requires standardized definitions. Infections may occur after the patient goes home. Current good practice dictates review of discharge codes looking for patients with infections acquired while in hospital and, also, soliciting information from surgeons’ offices about infections that might have shown up after discharge.
Hospitals that dedicate a great deal of time and resources to collecting data may report higher rates than those who do not.
You can download copies of each of these Skagit Regional Health patient policies below:
Skagit Valley Hospital is accredited by DNV Healthcare under the authority of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our facility will also be compliant with the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Skagit Valley Hospital is accredited by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital has been certified by the American College of Surgeons since 1975, which acknowledges the hospital’s quality, multidisciplinary cancer care program that meets rigorous compliance standards.
The American Hospital Association
Skagit Valley Hospital is a member of the American Hospital Association, a national organization founded in 1898 that represents and serves nearly 5,000 hospitals, plus health care networks, and their patients and communities. The American Hospital Association serves as an educational resource on health care issues and trends for leaders at Skagit Valley Hospital.
The Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing community hospitals and several health-related organizations. The association provides issues management and analysis, information, advocacy and other services.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Skagit Valley Hospital’s Regional Cancer Care Center is honored to be selected as just the second network affiliate of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership of three world-renowned cancer programs, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's. As a network affiliate since 2005, our patients benefit from the resources, research, clinical trials and treatment options of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, while in treatment here at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center.