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UMC Gets An ‘A’ In Latest Hospital Safety Ratings

According to the national Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade system, University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) is now among the safest hospitals in the nation.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work and diligence of our nurses, techs and physicians throughout our hospital to ensure that patient safety and satisfaction are our priorities,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “We looked at every area of patient care and sought ways to not only meet safety standards but to exceed them. I am happy that Leapfrog has recognized our work toward improvement.

This marks the first time that UMC achieved an “A” grade through the system.

Heading up UMC’s safety standards improvement while ensuring data was accurate and reflective of the care UMC provides was UMC’s Quality Management team.

“The Leapfrog Group is a nationwide organization that serves as a voice for health care safety,” said Roxanne Weisendanger, UMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Our Quality Management team, nurses and everyone throughout the healthcare delivery process were focused on making everything we do as safe as possible for all patients. Every one of our providers, techs, assistants and other Associates can share in this success. Most of all, our patients can count on the safest of care at UMC.”

Hospitals receive a letter grade of A through F based on their overall safety performance every Spring and Fall.

UMC’s Spring 2019 Grade of an “A,” makes it among the safest hospitals in the nation. Safety data is compiled from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Virtually all acute care hospitals are measured and assessed through the Leapfrog system.

There are 28 national performance measures that are looked at through the system. This includes 13 Process/Structural Measures and 15 Patient Outcome Measures.

These measures assess hospital safety, quality and efficiency based on national performance measures that are specific to health care.

UMC’s Endoscopy Center Scores Another El Paso First

In yet another milestone for University Medical Center of El Paso, an extraordinarily advanced, successful procedure was performed on a patient suffering complications from stomach cancer.

“Dr. Mendoza-Ladd is among the best in our state when it comes to complex endoscopy, and he is another example of how our strong partnership with Texas Tech, along with UMC’s state-of-the-art facilities, results in the best of care for El Paso.” said Jacob Cintron, President & CEO.

“It is an amazing feeling and so fulfilling to be able to provide patients with immediate relief such as this,” said Dr. Mendoza-Ladd. “UMC has the best endoscopic equipment and staff able to perform these procedures, from the very basic to the most complex. I am proud to be part that team.”

The procedure has only been accomplished twice in Texas: Houston and earlier this week at El Paso’s UMC.

The patient was unable to eat and digest food due to a blockage of his digestive tract from cancer.

The procedure, called an “endoscopic jejunostomy,” creates a new opening in the stomach, attaches the small intestine to the opening and then places a stent in the new pathway for food to once again pass through the patient’s system.

The patient can now eat again.

The procedure was successfully accomplished by Dr. Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, UMC’s Director of Endoscopy. Dr. Mendoza-Ladd is also Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso.

On a related note, in 2017, UMC became the first and only hospital in El Paso to offer complex detection and treatment for a precancerous condition known as Barrett’s Esophagus, a procedure also at UMC’s Center for Diagnostic and Advanced Endoscopy.

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