At WellSpan Health, we believe that our communities deserve care that is safe, timely, efficient, equitable, effective and patient-centered. That’s why our team of more than 11,000 employees strives to deliver this caliber of care and enhance the quality of living across central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. We are gratified that others have recognized our efforts and are sincerely humbled by many awards and accolades, including consistent recognition as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Systems in the United States, as well as one of the nation's "Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities" by Health Imaging and IT magazine.
WellSpan has been named a Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network by IMS, a health care data and consulting company, for six consecutive years. Researchers determine the rankings by compiling a system’s overall score measuring 33 attributes in eight differently weighed performance categories. Overall integration is the most heavily weighed. Other categories include integrated technology, financial stability, hospital utilization, contract capabilities, services and access, outpatient utilization and physician services.
WellSpan has been named among the Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities by Health Imaging and IT magazine on six occasions. The award recognizes true innovators in imaging and informatics. Designated facilities demonstrate their ability to leverage data to inform decisions and to drive targeted improvements in patient care, quality and efficiency.
WellSpan has a long history of being committed to education and training. Training Magazine’s Top 125 ranks organizations based on statistics such as total training budget; percentage of payroll dedicated to training; number of training hours per employee program; goals, evaluation, measurement and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs.
Leadership York named WellSpan its 2011 Business of the Year. Leadership York cited WellSpan’s desire to create healthier communities, partnerships, educational programs and its mission to provide for those who have no insurance or are unable to pay for their health care.
Over the years, WellSpan has earned five VHA Leadership Awards in the areas of Community Health, Operational Performance, Clinical Excellence, Dental Access and Management of Diagnostic Tests.
In July 2013, the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Pathway to Excellence status. Similar to ANCC's Magnet Program, Pathway to Excellence is designed for smaller hospitals and focuses on the importance of a positive professional environment for nurses and its impact on the quality of care provided to patients. WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital is only the fourth hospital in Pennsylvania to receive this recognition.
In October 2013, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012. WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital was one of only 47 hospitals in Pennsylvania to earn this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The hospital was recognized for its achievement on the measure sets of heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital was previously recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer in 2011.
WellSpan Imaging, a service of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR recognizes the hospital as a breast imaging center that has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
In 2007 and 2008, Thomson Reuters, a health care information organization, recognized WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital for being one of 100 hospitals that made the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over a five-year period. The hospital provided excellent patient care while improving its community outreach services and profitability. The study rated hospitals on eight factors: patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio and use of evidence-based medicine.
WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital received two 2011 VHA Achieving Patient Care Excellence (APEX) awards for prevention of catheter-associated blood and urinary tract infections. The hospital had zero catheter-associated blood infections from June 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, and zero urinary tract infections from Dec. 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.
The American College of Radiology has accredited WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital in positron emission tomography (PET). PET imaging results provide physicians with high defined, 3-D images of form and function inside a patient’s body.
WellSpan York Hospital has been a designated Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2009. Only five percent of hospitals in the country (and only 16 in Pa.) have earned this designation, which recognizes a commitment to delivering superior patient care. Recent research within Magnet hospitals shows significant relationships between nursing and patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction.
WellSpan York Hospital, Apple Hill Surgical Associates and Drs. John Monk and Edward Garber have been designed a Bariatric Center for Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS recognizes that excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility in which the surgery is performed. The designation helps identify providers and facilities that have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term, follow-up care.
WellSpan York Hospital is accredited as a Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. It serves more than 650,000 people in York, Adams and Franklin counties, and is capable of addressing any kind of trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week. WellSpan York Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center is one of only two in south central Pennsylvania, and one of 15 in the commonwealth. In 2010, the trauma center cared for 2,090 patients.
U.S. News and World Report recognized WellSpan York Hospital as one of the Best Regional Hospitals in its 2012-13 Best Hospitals publication. WellSpan York Hospital is one of five hospitals in central Pennsylvania to meet the standards for strong performance. Ranked 26th in the commonwealth, the hospital was cited for six high-performing specialties: Cancer, Gynecology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Urology.
WellSpan York Hospital has been named a Top 100 Hospital by Thompson Reuters, a leading source of health care information, on seven occasions. The Top 100 Hospitals are selected based on their performance in four categories: quality, finances, operations and growth. The Top 100 Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free and attract more patients—all while maintaining higher profits, according to Thompson Reuters.
Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System, designated WellSpan York Hospital as a Robotic Epicenter due to its successful outcomes and robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery volumes. Patients who undergo this type of surgery at WellSpan York Hospital have the benefit of surgeons who have more experience in robotic techniques than at other hospitals who have the da Vinci Surgical System but are not designated as epicenters.
WellSpan York Hospital has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is the only center in south central Pennsylvania to offer an interventional neurosurgery program. The designation assures patients that York Hospital uses evidence-based protocols that lead to better outcomes and that the quality of care provided is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.