Vital Signs. Location: Port Jefferson, N.Y. Type: Private, not-for-profit hospital. Beds: 231. Distinction: Top 3 percent in composite of five surgical care improvement process-of-care measures, among more than 2,300 hospitals (more than half of U.S. acute-care hospitals) eligible for the analysis. Timeframe: April 2007 through March 2008. See Appendix A for full methodology. This case study describes the strategies and factors that appear to contribute to high adherence to surgical care improvement process-of-care measures at St. Charles Hospital. It is based on information obtained from interviews with key hospital personnel, publicly available information, and materials provided by the hospital from March through April 2009.
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