The Horizon Hospital Recognition Program was developed in 2006 by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (HBCBSNJ) clinical and administrative personnel and national experts from The Leapfrog Group to reward New Jersey hospitals that are top performers in providing safe, high-quality and effective hospital care to patients. HBCBSNJ uses the results of The Leapfrog Hospital Survey to determine a hospital’s recognition and reward eligibility.
Cooper in 2014 received the highest rating of the 59 participating New Jersey hospitals for quality and patient safety measures calculated by The Leapfrog Group, and received a $250,000 check from HBCBSNJ. This is the highest amount received by a New Jersey hospital in this program.
Cooper University Hospital scored 81 points, surpassing the average score of 59 by hospitals throughout the country. The New Jersey average score is 61.
Cooper was recognized for high-performing results in abdominal aortic aneurysm, pancreatectomy, esophagectomy, high-risk delivery outcomes, never events, early elective deliveries, medication safety, ICU physician staffing, central line infection rates, pressure ulcer rates and hospital injuries.
Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®
The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance. The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, and immunization.
Cooper is the only academic medical center in South Jersey to receive this recognition in 2013. Learn more.
Mentor Hospital – Partnership for Patients-New Jersey
Cooper University Health Care has achieved Mentor Status for its work in the Partnership for Patients – New Jersey initiative of the New Jersey Hospital Association.
Mentor status is granted to hospitals that receive the highest score in one or more of the healthcare-acquired conditions being measured by Partnership for Patients – New Jersey. Cooper achieved a "5," the highest score possible, for four measures:
- Surgical Site Infections
- Venous Thromboembolism
- Early Elective Deliveries
Statewide, Partnership for Patients-New Jersey participants averted 9,206 adverse patient events in 2013 and saved up to $125 million in healthcare costs. In the project’s first year, adverse drug events dropped by 50 percent; surgical site infections decreased by 59 percent; and the incidence of pressure ulcers was reduced by 43 percent. Of the 10 healthcare-acquired conditions being tracked, each area has posted a decrease since the beginning of the Partnership for Patients initiative.
To learn more about Cooper's role in New Jersey’s initiative, please visit www.njha.com/pfp
U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals"
U.S. News & World Report has published annual rankings of the nation's Best Hospitals for the last quarter-century. The 2014-15 rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. Cooper University Hospital was ranked among the best in three regions: New Jersey, South Jersey and Philadelphia Metro. Cooper's diabetes care was ranked as a high-performing specialty.
Blue Distinction Center - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Distinction® is a designation given by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies to healthcare facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivery quality healthcare. At the core of the Blue Distinction program are the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® ― facilities that are recognized for their distinguished care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, and transplants.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The Cooper Breast Imaging Center at The Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness located on Cooper’s Voorhees campus has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding the BICOE designation, the ACR affirms that the Cooper Breast Imaging Center at Ripa has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
Get with the Guidelines - American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
- Gold Plus Performance Achievement in Stroke: 2013
Get With The Guidelines SM (GWTG) is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement. It puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping to ensure that the care they provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.
National Quality Forum - Quality of Cancer Care
Quality measures endoresed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) are considered the gold standard for health care measurement in the United States. Expert committees made up of varied stakeholders, including patients, evaluate measures for NQF endorsement. The federal government and many private sector entities use NQF-endorsed measures above all others, given the rigor and consensus process behind them. NQR has established six measures for quality care in breast, colon and rectal cancers comparing performance against other hospitals in New Jersey and the United States. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper surpasses all benchmarks – local, state, regional and national – for these measures.
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®
Cooper’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery for meeting rigorous criteria for safe, high-quality surgical care. To learn more about this accreditation visit http://www.mbsaqip.org/.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-Star Rating
Cooper's cardiothoracic surgery program has been recognized as among the top 15 percent in the nation by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and in the top 6 percent in the nation for aotic valve replecement surgery (AVR). The “3-Star” rating that Cooper received for both surgeries places it among the top 2 percent of hospitals with similar programs - the highest quality tier of The Society for Thoracic Surgeons comprehensive rating system. This system compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. All aspects of quality care in cardiothoracic surgery were measured including compliance with recommended medical practices, prompt delivery of time-critical treatment, availability of resources, staff performance and patient outcomes.
Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
The award is specifically designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The recognition itself is priceless, as it represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.
As a Beacon Award recipient for many years, Cooper University Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) and critical care unit (CCU) continue to succeed in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria: recruitment and retention, education, training and mentoring, research and evidence-based practice, patient outcomes, leadership and organization ethics, and healing environment.
Stage 6 Electronic Medical Record Adoption - HIMSS Analytics
This is a critical time for health IT. Hospitals and other eligible providers have until 2015 to demonstrate meaningful use of certified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology before being penalized. In order to qualify for incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), providers must use certified EMRs.
The Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM) is an eight-step process that analyzes an organization’s level of EMR adoption, charts its accomplishments, and track its progress against other healthcare organizations across the country. Cooper has been recognized as Stage 6 in EMR adoption, a distinction that only 15 percent of the nation's hospitals have achieved.