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Awards & Honors 2012 - 2013

While our focus at John C. Lincoln Health Network is exclusively on meeting the unique needs of our local community, experts have repeatedly put us in a league with the nation's best.

From nursing care to community service to business ethics and more, we've been honored by experts with awards for practically every aspect of what we do.

Awards our Network received between 2012 and 2013 include:

Other Awards:

Current      |     2008 - 2011      |     2005 - 2007      |     2002 - 2004


Magnet Nursing Hospital

2013

Magnet Nursing Hospital

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital became Arizona’s first hospital to earn Magnet status a third time from the American Nurses Association – the nation’s foremost authority on patient care quality.

Magnet status is based on the 14 Forces of Magnetism, which are measurable criteria for patient care. Magnet designation is considered the nation's gold standard for nursing quality. Only about 4 percent of the nation's 6,000-plus hospitals have earned Magnet status. Less than half that group have earned redesignation.

In December 2004, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital became the first in the Valley to receive Magnet status, which must be renewed every four years in order to retain the designation. ... Full story in News & Events

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Fred Graham Award

2013

MGMA-ACMPE, the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices, presented its Fred Graham Award to the John C. Lincoln Physician Network for activities and solutions to advance the effectiveness of healthcare delivery and improve community health.

Nathan Anspach, FACMPE, FACHE, Senior VP and CEO, John C. Lincoln Physician Network and Accountable Care, accepted the award. Anspach and his administrative team created a program that recruits combat medics and corpsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and trains them as transition specialists to serve the patients of the John C. Lincoln Accountable Care Organization.

The national average for designated Medicare hospital readmissions is 20 percent, costing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) some $17 billion annually. The work of the transition specialists sla shed Lincoln’s readmission rates to an astonishing 6 percent. ... Full story in News & Events

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Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

2013

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an international consulting organization that provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Truven's analysis showed the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $2,000 less per bypass surgery and about $1,000 less per heart attack patient admitted. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a half day better than their peers for heart attack, heart failure, and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients.

Truven said this year's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals achieved superior clinical outcomes, provided better care and were more efficient than their peers. ... Full story in News & Events

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Primary Stroke Center

2013

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital Certified as Primary Stroke Center

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in North Phoenix has become the Valley's newest hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, an international certifying agency approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Deer Valley Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. ... Full story in News & Events

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Echocardiography Accreditation from IAC

2013

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Phoenix, has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in Adult Transthoracic care by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). ... Full story in News & Events

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‘Gold Plus’ Award for Stroke Care

2013

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has been honored with a Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines – Stroke program.

The growing body of medical literature supports our belief that patients treated in institutions that participate in the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke program have a better experience and get a significantly better level of care. ... Full story in News & Events

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American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) Risk Management Award

2013

Premier Insurance Management Services Inc. recognized John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital's Intensive Care Unit with a $10,000 American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) Risk Management award. The award recognizes the work of the unit’s staff to measurably improve the quality of care for patients with delirium. ... Full story in News & Events

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Donor Network of Arizona

2013

John C. Lincoln’s Level I Trauma Center and three hospital staff members were honored by the Donor Network of Arizona as community champions for their outstanding work promoting and facilitating organ and tissue donation.

Trauma surgeon Alicia Mangram, MD, medical director of the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, accepted the center’s award on behalf of the entire trauma team. Neuro-intensivist Victor Zach, MD, was recognized for the educational and emotional support he provides in North Mountain’s Intensive Care Unit. Cardiac ultrasound technologist Kirsten Knapp, RN, was honored for the many echocardiograms she has done on organ donors, even when it was necessary to come into the hospital before dawn, long before her shift was scheduled to begin. Social Services Coordinator Angie Catron, MSW, was nominated for her seamless support of families, including her exceptional communication with and support of hospital staff regarding family care.

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American Hospital Association's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE)

2013

In recognition of the significant difference they make in the community, the Desert Mission volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network have been chosen as a 2013 winner of the American Hospital Association's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).

About 500 of the almost 2,000 volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network volunteer in Desert Mission's community service programs — Food Bank, Children's Dental Clinic, Lincoln Learning Center, Marley House Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Health Center and Neighborhood Renewal — serving the north central Phoenix community.

The HAVE Award recognizes volunteers who provide leadership in community outreach, particularly with innovative and measurable programs with external partners to address challenges in the community.

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American Society of Hospital Engineering (ASHE) Vista Award

2013

In recognition of the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital’s completely reimagined and rebuilt Specialty Surgical Care third floor, the American Society of Hospital Engineering (ASHE) selected the hospital as recipient of its annual Vista Award for the year’s most outstanding renovation project. Only one of the nation’s 6,000 hospitals is so honored each year by ASHE, a division of the American Hospital Association.

The $8.2 million, 21,350 square-foot North Mountain hospital floor was completely gutted and then transformed into a new facility that is now the standard for future construction design throughout the John C. Lincoln Health Network. The groundbreaking model was based on input from a hospital team of nursing, ancillary patient care staff, doctors, construction, facilities engineering, environmental services, security and other staff members to incorporate concepts that worked well in other JCL hospital units along with new ideas to improve the patient experience.

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Level III Trauma Center Designation

2013

The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Feb. 4 granted John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital's application to be designated as a provisional Level III Trauma Center.

Patient care services in the Deer Valley Emergency Department have been upgraded with additional resources and staff education to qualify for the higher provisional Level III Trauma Center designation and to better serve traumatically injured patients in the North Valley.

The provisional Level III designation requires that surgeons on call have Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. ATLS teaches a standard approach for trauma assessment and treatment so the most time-critical interventions are performed first.

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Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care Certification

2013

The Children's Emergency Center, Mendy's Place at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix, has been granted a Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certification, according to the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

The certification means the facility meets specific criteria and is prepared to provide emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients. If necessary, the hospital can stabilize a child for transfer to a facility that offers more specialized pediatric care.

The recognition is part of an effort to improve outcomes for ill and injured children visiting emergency rooms, and Arizona is among only five states to implement such a specialized pediatric emergency care system. Created through a public-private partnership, PPEC is a voluntary certification program of pediatric standards for emergency departments.

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Distinguished Hospitals Award for Clinical Excellence

2013

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has been recognized with a 2013 Distinguished Hospitals Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades, as reported by fiercehealthcare.com, a website of healthcare management news.

That puts Deer Valley in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for clinical excellence. Out of 2,500 hospitals, 262 received the award based on clinical performance as determined by publicly reported data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Deer Valley showed superior performance in caring for Medicare patients in at least 19 out of 27 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures as measured by risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.

In 2012, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital was awarded a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award, according to a report in USA Today. For that award, the hospitals, the top 5 percent in the country, had a 41.52 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate than all other hospitals in the country.

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Arizona Foothills' Best of Our Valley

2013

Arizona Foothills magazine and AZFoothills.com named John C. Lincoln Health Network as the Best Hospital Group in the Health & Self category and The Gold Ball as the Best Annual Gala in the Arts & Entertainment category for its 2013 Best of Our Valley list, as picked by readers.

Readers vote on their favorite people, businesses and hidden treasures in the Valley.

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Sylvia Moss Brown Award of Excellence

2013

Shelly Diana, RN, CCRN, ICU charge nurse; Jodi Todd, RN, ICU nurse; Amanda McFarren, RN, BSN, ICU nurse; and Kari Johnson, RN, APRN-BC, MSN, clinical nurse specialist, critical care, all from John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, received the national Sylvia Moss Brown Award for Excellence and a $10,000 grant for their work on early recognition of delirium in trauma patients and improving care of trauma patients.

American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) sponsored the national 2012 Risk Management Awards, and the project with the most committee votes received the Award for Excellence in addition to one of five grants. AEIX is affiliated with Premier, an alliance of hospitals and health care networks who work together to reduce costs while providing the highest quality of health care.

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Process & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion Award

2013

The John C. Lincoln WELLness team received the Process & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion award in its first year from the Wellness Council of Arizona, a non-profit organization that supports and recognizes healthcare providers, community leaders, businesses and institutions for improving the health of employees and their families.

In the application, the support of senior leadership and employees were noted along with the diverse offerings. They ranged from lunch 'n' learns on stress and wellness fairs to tai chi clsses to wellness talks in Daily Huddles – for co-workers.

"The JCL WELLness program is less than a year old but has continued to emerge in many ways, taking shape by discovering what you need to improve your health and well being," said Dianna Scaccia, MS, John C. Lincoln Health Network wellness coordinator.

"We are all on a journey to improving ourselves: mind, body and spirit. It has been rewarding for me to work with you to find healthy ways that you and your loved ones can choose to create health. Thank you for participating as we work together to lead healthier lives!"

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Beacon Award

2012

Beacon Award for Excellence

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has earned a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in Critical Care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The AACN created the Beacon Award to recognize individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the CVICU signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care.

The CVICU won its first Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment — in 2010 under the leadership of Robbi Johnson, RN, MSN, CCRN, who then was clinical director of CVICU and the Intensive Care Unit. Johnson, now clinical director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Dialysis at the hospital, led the ICU teams who earned the first Beacon Award in Arizona in 2007 and again in 2009. ... Full story in News & Events

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U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals

2012

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has been ranked 12th in the state and 10th in the Valley in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals edition. U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of top hospitals is among the most respected of all national rankings. The report ranked six services at North Mountain Hospital as "High Performing" compared with hospitals nationwide: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology and urology.

Eleven physicians on staff at North Mountain were selected based on a peer nomination process and included on the list of U.S. News Top Doctors: They are urologist Al Borhan, MD, pain management specialist Stephen Borowsky, MD, cardiologist Warren Breisblatt, MD, pulmonologist Robert Comp, MD, vascular surgeon Curtis Erickson, MD, internal medicine specialist Lawrence Gassner, MD, rheumatologist Benjamin Harris, MD, urologist Michael Hayyeri, MD, otolaryngologist Ben Leff, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist Mark Seifert, MD, and breast cancer surgeon Victor Zannis, MD. ... Full story in News & Events

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Lifetime Achievement Award

2012

David Lincoln and the Lincoln family were honored with AZ Business magazine's first Lifetime Achievement Award in its 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards in a ceremony in Phoenix.

The Lincolns are more than the namesake of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. The Lincoln family has nurtured an organization that grew out of a church mission to help Sunnyslope's neediest residents in the 1930s into today's locally owned, not-for-profit health care network.

David Lincoln has been on the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Board for 33 years and recently became an emeritus board member of the John C. Lincoln Health Network board, marking 45 years of service there. Now in his 80s, he continues to take his day-to-day board responsibilities seriously, reading every document and offering sound advice and wisdom on the future of the Network.

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UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center

2012

UnitedHealthcare has designated John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital a UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center in recognition of its quality and outcomes.

UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium specialty center program to give its members information and access to hospitals meeting rigorous quality criteria for conscientious, reliable total joint replacement care. Deer Valley's quality assessment was three stars, the highest rating.

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Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Teen Award

2012

Desert Mission Community Health Center received the 2012 Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Teen Award from the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) for its 97 percent immunization rate for patients between 11 and 15 years old.

The award recognizes practices and clinics that show leadership and dedication in the field of immunization by reaching 90 percent or higher in immunization coverage levels for children they serve. It's named for Daniel T. Cloud, MD, a pediatric surgeon and past president of the American Medical Association who served as the chairman of the board for TAPI from its beginning until he passed away in 2010.

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Gold Medal for Organ Donor Registrations

2012

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital received a gold medal for the Most Registrations for organ donations via DonateLifeAZ.org in the Hospital Donor Registry Challenge.

North Mountain tied with the University of Arizona Medical Center. During April, National Donate Life Month, 54 hospitals and health care facilities in Arizona competed against each other in the second annual Hospital Donor Registry Challenge.

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MVP Award, Most Valuable Phoenician

2012

For her work and dedication to the community of Sunnyslope, Christina Plante received an MVP Award for being a Most Valuable Phoenician.

As the neighborhood relations manager for the John C. Lincoln Health Network, Plante is involved in many activities that improve the community, including the Sunnyslope Art Walk, held in the fall and the spring each year.

Mayor Greg Stanton noted her dedication to the success of the Sunnyslope Art Walk as key in her recognition.

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Silver Achievement Award for Stroke Care

2012

Stroke care at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes North Mountain's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The hospital's excellence in treating stroke patients rapidly and effectively led to North Mountain's certification last year as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, an international certifying agency approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Aces of Hearts Award

2012

Network Prehospital coordinator Tracy Moroney, RN, BSN, BCEN, has been honored with a 2012 Aces of Hearts Award from the Arizona Emergency Medical Systems.

Moroney was nominated for the EMS recognition award, presented annually to individuals who have provided outstanding service in EMS or Trauma for the Central Arizona Region, by the Mayer Fire District. In her role, she reaches out to the EMS community and assists rural EMS agencies based at Deer Valley in a partnership to improve patient care.

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Commitment to Care Award

2012

Nelson Faux, MD, EmCare Regional Medical Director and North Mountain Director of Emergency Medicine, was named the Commitment to Care Award winner for 2012 out of more than 7,000 EmCare physicians in the United States.

EmCare bestows the Commitment to Care Award each year on a single, outstanding emergency medicine physician. Faux is described as a role model for being an emergency physician as he focuses on what is best for the patient.

EmCare works with hundreds of hospitals nationwide to provide physician recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, leadership, training and education, and billing.

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MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle

2012

In recognition of its top performing Revenue Cycle Department, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital is one of eight hospitals in the United States to receive a 2012 MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Hospitals must be in the top 10 percent across the country in Revenue Cycle performance to even be considered for the award, and only 170 hospitals applied. Deer Valley is the only Arizona hospital being recognized.

This recognizes Deer Valley's best practices in achieving excellence and ensuring patients are cared for and the hospital has a sustainable financial performance as well as innovation and effective practices that look at the future.

North Mountain did not apply as the rules for hospitals with trauma care are different; however, the same standards are upheld throughout the Network with all Revenue Cycle practices.

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Forty Under 40 Class

2012

Ann-Marie Alameddin, JD, Network attorney, has been chosen as part of the 2012 Forty Under 40 class for Phoenix.

She was selected from nearly 300 candidates based on professional and community achievements, commitment to making a difference and leadership both in her professional life as in-house counsel and director of Government Relations at John C. Lincoln Health Network and on a personal level for starting free legal clinics at St. Vincent De Paul and Mountain Park Health Center.

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Grassroots Advocacy Champion Award

2012

The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has awarded Bruce Pearson, senior vice president and CEO of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Advocacy Champion Award.

As a 2012 Grassroots Champion, Pearson is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of the hospital mission and for his tireless championing of patients' access to quality health care.

The award is presented annually to one individual from each state with winners being chosen by the state hospital association.

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Midas+ Platinum Quality Award

2012

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has been recognized as a top performing hospital in the Midas+ Platinum Quality Award program.

This award is based upon Deer Valley's 2011 performance ranking in the top 5 percent of hospitals tracked in the Midas+ National Comparative Database in several key areas of clinical performance including acute care readmission rates within 30 days.

Midas+ tracks more than 654 hospitals that use either the Midas+ CPMS or DataVision to track data.

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