VVMC turns 65<br>Hospital staff celebrates

Staff photos by Dean H. Borgwardt

VVMC President James Sinek samples the bar-be-cue chicken during VVMC's 65th anniversary celebrations as Jennie Carnes, of VVMC serves it up hot.

During the patio party, VVMC President James J. Sinek said, "We're in our prime. Here's to another hundred years."

Sinek reviewed past awards bestowed on the hospital after staff members sang happy birthday to VVMC.

Northern Arizona Health Care's Jim Puffenberger, chief executive officer attended the festivities.

He said, "We're please with our success and we owe it all to a great staff."

He added that thousands of people began their lives at VVMC over the past 65 years and thousands have had their lives preserved as well.

"We are proud of the growth and accomplishments of this facility," he added. "The stage has been set to continue with that tradition."

Both Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center have been named recipients of Professional Research Consultants’ 2003 medical staff satisfaction and patient satisfaction awards.

In the Verde Valley, VVMC received 14 awards, including five top performer awards, eight five-star awards and one four-star award.

VVMC received five-star medical staff satisfaction awards for Medical Records, Pathology Services and Radiology Services. This designation is limited to those hospitals that achieved a score in the top 10 percent of the nation, specifically between the 90th and 100th percentile. The percentile rankings are based on the number of physicians who rated their hospital services as "excellent" as compared to PRC’s national database.

At the Cottonwood campus, VVMC received the Outpatient Top Performer award for Overall Quality of Doctor Care. This award is bestowed on the hospital with the highest score in PRC’s nationwide database.

VVMC’s excellent ranking of 100 percent surpassed approximately 200 other hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide.

VVMC also earned an additional five-star award for Outpatient Overall Quality of Care, and a four-star award for Inpatient Overall Quality of Care. The four-star award is given to those hospitals that achieve a score in the top 25 percent of the nation.

Additionally, VVMC’s CCU and Transcare nursing units both were honored with five-star awards for their Overall Quality of Nursing Care.

VVMC’s Sedona campus was honored by being named a Top Performer in four areas of patient satisfaction: Emergency Department Overall Quality of Care, Emergency Department Overall Cleanliness, Outpatient Doctor’s Understanding and Caring and Outpatient Overall Quality of Doctor Care.

In addition, the Sedona Campus earned two five star awards, Outpatient Overall Quality of Care and Emergency department Overall Quality of Care.

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