Hospitals use several widely accepted definitions to describe healthcare quality.
- Quality hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission (JC). JC accreditation is a nationwide symbol of quality. Baystate Health hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission.
- Quality physicians are board certified in their specialties.
Research and Education
- Research and education should be a priority of the hospital. Teaching hospitals tend to have better health outcomes.
- BMC is the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine and a respected research institution.
- BMC is a clinical site for nursing as well as many other healthcare professions in western Massachusetts.
Patient Health Outcomes
Quality hospitals have a positive record of patient health outcomes, such as:
How often the hospital performs a given procedure higher volumes result in more favorable:
- Mortality rates
- Complication rates
- Average lengths of stay
See how Baystate measures up for patient outcomes.
Patient Safety includes interventions put in place to reduce preventable mistakes:
- Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system to order medications, tests and procedures more effectively and accurately.
- ICU Staffing an intensive care unit staffed by intensivists, doctors and other caregivers with special training in critical care.
- Evidence Based Hospital Referral - a record of the most experience and best results performing procedures and surgeries or treating conditions. Medical literature shows the more experience the doctor or hospital has performing a given procedure, the better the results.
See how Baystate measures up for patient safety.
Visit our Quality Report to review our quality and safety performance.