SALINAS, CA, February 19, 2014 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has ranked in the top 7% of hospitals nationwide in readmission rates. An organization’s readmission rate is one of the measures Medicare is using to track hospital care under the Affordable Care Act.
“Keeping patients out of the hospital once they have been discharged is a key indicator of our overall success as a team,” says president/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Pete Delgado. “Our staff does an outstanding job of not only taking care of patients while they are in our hospital but making sure they have the information they need to stay healthy once they leave.”
Medicare recently expanded it’s tracking and reporting of hospital readmission rates and found patients at 315 hospitals, or seven percent of those rated across the county, were readmitted at a lower rate than the national average. SVMHS falls in that group. 364 hospitals or eight percent, have high rates of overall readmissions. Medicare rated the rest of the nation’s hospitals as average.
In addition, the staff at SVMHS is continuing another year of excellence in heart and stroke care for patients. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized SVMHS with it’s 2014 Get with the Guidelines ® Gold Plus Rating for heart failure and Silver Rating for treatment of stroke patients. Last year, SVMHS became Monterey County’s only accredited Chest Pain Center.