Top Honors - Joint Commission, Magnet, HEI - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Top Honors - Joint Commission, Magnet, HEI

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Delivering Patient-Centered Care

By Pat Williams and Crystal Warning
Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Joint Commission:

The Madison VA Hospital was again recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013.  We were recognized for the following measure sets:  heart attack; heart failure; pneumonia; and surgical care. 

This achievement demonstrates our hospital's commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time because it's the right thing to do for our patients.  Recognized hospitals meet specific eligibility criteria outlined on the Top Performer website

Upon completion of our most recent four-year term as a  Magnet® recognized organization, in 2014 our hospital once again achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission.  Magnet® recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing services.  Magnet recognition is the highest national credential for nursing excellence, serving as the gold standard for nursing practice.  

With this re-designation, our hospital retains its place among the best of the best being in a select group of only 398 of the nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S.  We are one of eight health care organizations in the state of Wisconsin to receive this recognition, and it is the direct result of our exemplary nursing leadership, our robust nursing research, and our ongoing innovation in nursing practice. 


Healthcare Equality Index (HEI):

In 2013 and again in 2014 our hospital was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.   The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2014, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.  


Our hospital earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.  We are one of a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. 





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