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Centegra Awards

CHM Receives Blue Distinction Award

From: Heidi Close, Director of Women’s Services Centegra Health System

Rachel Sebastian, President McHenry Hospital

Peggy Norton-Rosko, MSN, RN, NEA-C SVP & Chief Nursing Officer Centegra Health System __________________________________________________________________________________________

We are excited to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently awarded Centegra McHenry Hospital the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation (BDC). Blue Distinction® is a national designation program recognizing healthcare facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care – safely, effectively, and cost efficiently.

Facilities are evaluated on quality metrics developed through a process that includes:

  • Input from the medical community and quality measurement experts.
  • Review of medical literature together with national quality and safety initiatives.
  • Thorough analysis of meaningful quality measures from objective, publicly available sources.

    In addition hospitals that receive the BDC Maternity Care designation must also attest to having certain structural components in place and commit to ongoing reporting and quality improvement obligations. The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others. Blue Distinction® Centers demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

    Join us in congratulating our entire Women’s Health team as they continue to provide outstanding care to our community.

Centegra Hospital Huntley Laboratory Passes Initial CAP Inspection

It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful completion of the Laboratory CAP (College of American Pathologist) inspection at Centegra Hospital Huntley.  We were surveyed Monday May 1, 2017 by 8 Inspectors from various hospitals in the Midwest as well as three College of American Pathologist inspectors.

Our Laboratory successfully met the Laboratory Accreditation Program standards in all areas.  Some corrections or additions of procedures and/or policies are required and will be fulfilled within the next 30 days.  This Accreditation also meets requirements for the Joint Commission and CMS.

The surveyors were very impressed with the quality of the laboratory and the helpfulness of the leaders and the staff.  Their comments were that the laboratory provided high quality care to our patients and was very well organized.  The inspectors stated that this was the best initial inspection they participated in.

The positive outcome of the survey is directly attributed to the daily dedication to quality demonstrated by the Associates of the laboratory.  The Laboratory Leadership and Associates are congratulated on this success!

  • Wendy Ward, MD Director of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Rebecca Rockwood, Administrative Director Laboratory Services, Respiratory, Sleep and Neurology

Mission Lifeline

We are very pleased to announce that Centegra Hospital-Woodstock has received the Mission: Lifeline Referring Center – Bronze Level Recognition Award and Centegra Hospital McHenry has received the Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center – Gold – Plus Level Recognition Award. These awards are granted to hospitals that successfully implement specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through hospital care.

Centegra Health System is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer heart attacks, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us to accomplish that goal through the use of nationally recognized clinical guidelines.

We are very pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and are very proud of all our team members that make this possible. Congratulations to the Doctors and Associates whose work has earned this achievement.

Connie Secor, Director of Cardiovascular and Surgical Services at CHS
Rachel Sebastian, SVP, Chief Operating Officer, CHM
Dr. Sheila Senn, SVP, Chief Operating Officer, CHW

Physician Excellence in Teamwork Award

It is time again to recognize one outstanding, distinguished physician on the Centegra Health System Medical Staff with the annual Centegra Physician Excellence in Teamwork Award. This is your chance to recognize the physician you believe best embodies exceptional patient care and service. The physician who receives the most nominations will be presented the award during the Physician Appreciation Event in October.

Centegra Associatess are encouraged to vote electronically until Friday, September 5.

Submit your vote Here.

Physician Excellence in Teamwork

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CH-M Cardiac Surgery Receives Top Rating from STS

We are very proud to share the news that Centegra Hospital-McHenry has received the highest three-star rating for cardiac surgery quality from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Approximately 10 percent of hospitals nationwide receive the three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality.

The STS three-star rating system is the gold standard for cardiac surgery quality ratings and is highly regarded as the best way to compare cardiac surgery programs. The system is based on cardiac teams’ performance in terms of survival rates, the absence of complications and other key measures. By receiving three stars, our cardiac surgery program has been placed among the best programs in the nation.

Centegra Health System partners with physicians from Cardiac Surgery Associates, S.C., to provide patients a complete range of heart surgeries. This partnership has brought advanced cardiac care to McHenry County to ensure community members can receive the best care close to home.

Congratulations to our cardiac surgery team and to every Associate and Physician who provides outstanding clinical care to patients with heart disease. Our patients have the privilege of receiving compassionate, sophisticated treatment close to their homes. We can be proud of our advanced cardiac services and the exceptional care Centegra brings to the communities we serve.

– Rachel Sebastian, Vice President, Site Administrator, Centegra Hospital-McHenry

– Thomas Hinkamp, MD, Cardiac Surgery Associates

Shining stars of Centegra – Winter 2014


Centegra is proud to award the following associates for their excellence in patient service for the winter of 2014

  • Sherrie Smith – Centegra Physician Care, Fox Valley, Crystal Lake
  • Carrie Bukovsky – Registered Nurse, Centegra Hospital – Woodstock
  • Amber Hoersch – Centegra Physician Care – Fox Valley, Crystal Lake
  • Neetu Mokha – Centegra Home Health
  • Melissa Jargstorf – Centegra Home Health

Centegra earns Magnet designation for nursing excellence

It is with tremendous pride that we announce that Centegra Health System has achieved Magnet designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. This hospital recognition program is considered the highest honor an organization can receive for nursing care and professional nursing practice.

Centegra Health System is just the second health system in Illinois to earn this prestigious recognition. This means our patients will receive the same level of excellent nursing care at every Centegra hospital. Fewer than 400 hospitals worldwide have this status and Centegra is just the second health system in Illinois to receive this designation.

Nurses, Associates and leaders from throughout Centegra gathered at our hospitals this morning to listen to a conference call with the ANCC. During this call Centegra Health System’s nurses were praised for their dedication to advancing their profession. The enthusiasm of our nurses, their pride and the organization’s outstanding support of nurses were all praised during the call. Perhaps the best part about our journey was that our joyful spirits were evident every step of the way. To see a video of the thrilling Magnet designation announcement, please visit Centegra’s Facebook page!

We have been on the Journey to Magnet Excellence for four years. Our efforts have resulted in better patient care and a more engaged nursing workforce. This journey would not have been successful without the efforts of the nurses, Associates and Physicians who contributed their time and talents.

Congratulations to each of you on this remarkable achievement. We are grateful for your efforts, and we are thrilled to now say we are a Magnet-designated health system!


Jason Sciarro, President and Chief Operating Officer
Neil Murphy, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Trisha Musich, Director of Professional Practice

Centegra Receives Leapfrog “A” status

It is with great pleasure that we announce Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock each received an “A” in the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score.

What is Leapfrog?

Leapfrog is a consortium of large employers such as Boeing, CBS, FedEx, GM, UPS, Transamerica, Verizon along with organizations of purchasers and several agencies promoting health care. (See full list) The initial focus of the group was to promote patient safety by reducing medical mistakes. The founders felt that they could take “leaps” forward in healthcare of their employees by rewarding those hospitals that implement proven measures to ensure patient safety and quality. (See the Leapfrog fact sheet)

Leapfrog consortium currently covers over 37 million Americans in all 50 states. Of the 2,539 hospitals that participated in the survey, 813 hospitals received an “A,” which denotes the best hospital safety performance. The grade reflects a hospital’s efforts and outcomes in preventing errors, infections, injuries, and medication mix-ups.

This recognition affirms our commitment to a culture of safety and the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.

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