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Saint Agnes Hospital earns designation by Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopedic Care.

(Baltimore, MD)-Saint Agnes Hospital has earned designation as an Institute of Quality[TM] facility in spine surgery, as well as hip and knee surgery by the Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopedic Care. This designation recognizes Saint Agnes Hospital as a "premier" provider for spine surgery and hip and knee surgery based on its experience with specific orthopedic procedures, publicly reported results on orthopedic care, participation with improvement programs and overall value to the Aetna network.

The Aetna Provider Network evaluated hospitals and healthcare systems that are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), and designated those that provide a comprehensive scope of orthopedic services with quality improvement and patient satisfaction programs in place for orthopedic patients. The intended outcome is to assist members of the community with choosing facilities and physicians that provide consistently high-quality and high-value orthopedic care.

"Recognition by the Aetna Institutes of Quality demonstrates efficiency and structure in our orthopedic program," said Shirley Sutton, Director of Managed Care and Government Relations at Saint Agnes Hospital. "As insurance companies are becoming more selective with where to direct patients for surgical procedures, this designation supports our efforts to continuously improve service to our patients."

Saint Agnes Hospital does more hip, knee and/or spine surgeries than any other hospital in its primary service area, with approximately 1,100 procedures completed in the past year. The hospital's Orthopaedic & Spine Institute offers comprehensive treatment and continued care for patients with spine, hand and joint problems or injuries. Patient care is coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, who take a leading-edge approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
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Title Annotation:Nursing School/Education
Publication:Maryland Nurse
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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