For Release: November 18, 2009
Christine Gorey 330.344.7819/330.948.5559
Lodi Community Hospital Emergency Department Receives Nationwide Honor for 4th Consecutive Year
Lodi Community Hospital has once again been awarded the prestigious Summit Award by Press Ganey Associates, the nation's leading independent patient satisfaction measurement organization. The Summit Award is given to hospitals across the country that have maintained a patient satisfaction rank in the 95th percentile or above in each reporting period for a minimum of three consecutive years. Lodi Community Hospital was one of only four hospital Emergency Departments nationwide to receive this award four years in a row. The award was conveyed at the National Press Ganey Client Conference on November 17th in Washington, DC. Richard B. Siegrist, Jr., president and CEO of Press Ganey, noted, "We are proud partners of Lodi Community Hospital. Lodi Community Hospital has continued to maintain a high level of patient satisfaction over a number of years. Their efforts benefit Lodi and the surrounding area and lead to improved delivery of health care."
Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities—including over 40% of U.S. hospitals—to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company's databases are the largest in the industry, and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations. The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry's most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually.
Thomas Whelan, President of Lodi Community Hospital relates "This national recognition is a result of the hard work and dedication of the entire staff of Lodi Community Hospital, especially the physicians and nurses in the Emergency Department, in their efforts to provide superb care for our patients. We are pleased to receive this major distinction for the fourth consecutive year and we look forward to continuing our commitment to providing outstanding service to our patients."
According to Press Ganey, the Summit Award is the most challenging to attain. Each winning facility must achieve and maintain the extraordinary. A 95th percentile score means that only five percent of the surveyed hospitals across the country performed better in emergency department patient satisfaction scores. This truly sets recipients apart from their competition. This score ranks Lodi Community Hospital's Emergency Department among the elite in patient satisfaction. Lodi Community Hospital has been a member of the Akron General Health System since 2000. For more information, please call 330-948-1222 or log onto www.lodihospital.org.