Yes, our hospital IS that good

“We’re always asking the question – How can we do better?”
By Pat Ratliff | Jul 18, 2013

Looking for the best hospital to get that upcoming operation? You may not have to travel far at all.

According to U.S. News magazine, Swedish/Edmonds is one of the best hospitals in the state of Washington.

These results are a dramatic turnaround for the hospital over just a few years ago.

For instance, last year Swedish/Edmonds ranked 11th in the state, and jumped to seventh in the state this year. This is out of 107 hospitals in the state.

This, against some very high-class competition, such as the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Using strict judging criteria, U.S. News ranked Swedish/Stevens high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

It also ranked high in such adult specialties as gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

As you would expect, staff at Swedish/Edmonds are feeling pretty good about the ranking.

“We’re excited about the report,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish/Edmonds. “This hospital has really undergone a cultural change under the Swedish umbrella.

“The whole philosophy of providing the highest patient care – that’s what we’re committed to.”

Jaffe said that part of that commitment comes from reorienting staff into buying into the goals of Swedish.

“Since then, there’s been a continuous improvement in quality,” he said.

That feeling of improvement is also shared by others are the hospital.

“There’s been a huge system wide commitment to bringing top-notch healthcare closer to home,” said Drew Symonds, media relations manager at Swedish/Edmonds.

Symonds noted that the determining factors in rankings include survival rate, 35 percent of ranking; patient safety, 30 percent of ranking; a randomized reputation survey, 5 percent of ranking; and other factors such as nurse staffing, medical records and technological advancements, 30 percent of ranking.

The results are then compiled from a cumulative ranking from the last three years.

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” Jaffe said. “The process involves staff and management levels being part of a team.

“We’re always asking the question – How can we do better?”

Jaffe said the important thing they want to remember is that “it’s always about the patient, you never want to lose sight of that.”

Jaffe also said the new planned campus expansion for Swedish will mean even better care to come.

“We’re hoping the community will come for their medical needs, but also come to learn how to be more healthy,” he said. “We’re doing a good job with what we have, but we hope to be even better in the future.

“The people of this community should have that level of care available to them in their backdoor, not having to travel to get it.”

Swedish/Edmonds has 161 beds. The hospital had 9,042 admissions last year. It performed 2,251 annual inpatient and 3,025 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 43,718 visits.

 

 

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