St. Catherine Hospital

Quality Awards and Patient Safety

Press Ganey - Top Improver Award

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

St. Catherine Hospital has been designed a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

JCAHO Gold Seal

Stroke Center of Excellence

The Stroke Center of Excellence at St. Catherine Hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers

Chest Pain Center

The Society of Chest Pain Centers granted full accreditation to the Chest Pain Center at St. Catherine Hospital

Press Ganey - Top Improver Award

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

St. Catherine Hospital has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, representing the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals.  This award recognizes exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.  St. Catherine Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Press Ganey - Top Improver Award

Press Ganey - Top Improver Award

St. Catherine Hospital is proud to announce that Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named it a 2009 Top Improver Award Winner. Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities—including over 40 percent of U.S. hospitals - to measure and improve the quality of their care and their bottom line. The company's databases are the largest in the industry, and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations. This award recognizes clients who have shown continuous improvement in their patient, physician, or employee satisfaction scores - comparing quarterly scores over two years, with improved scores in three of the four eligible periods. St. Catherine Hospital is just one of eight Press Ganey client facilities to receive this honor.




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The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission recognizes St. Catherine Hospital for meeting the national standards set for medical staff, hospital personnel, patient care and all aspects of the hospital's operation. The Joint Commission has awarded St. Catherine Hospital Accreditation, signifying exemplary performance. St. Catherine Hospital is also recognized by several other national associations which include:

  • Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (Medical Laboratory)
  • Accredited through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Nuclear Medicine Department)
  • Accredited by the American College of Radiology for Mammography Services
  • Accredited by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for Mammography Services
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (Rehabilitation Center at St. Catherine)
  • Accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health
  • Licensed Laboratory by CMS - Centers for Medicare/Medicaid

Systemwide Quality Awards


U.S. News & World Report

The hospitals of Community Healthcare System are among the Best Hospitals in the greater Chicagoland area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s first metro area ranking. The rankings single out some 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

To be ranked in a metro area, hospitals need to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. U.S. News created “Best Hospitals” more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.


Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network has named the hospitals of Community Healthcare System a “Lifesaving Partner” for outstanding achievement in addressing the region’s critical need for organ, eye and tissue donations. The hospitals of Community Healthcare System have been selected among hundreds of hospital, forensic and civic professionals who work to help coordinate donation, enable lifesaving transplants, support the families of donors, educate other healthcare professionals and promote awareness of the critical need for donation.

Staff at the hospitals work throughout the year to coordinate outreach programs for donor families, organize registration drives and sponsor events relating to the Flags Across America program. At Community Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center, the “Donate Life” flag is flown in honor of a donor for 48 hours as a silent salute. Each donor family receives a card with a garden-sized version of the flag as a keepsake and to honor the generous gift provided by their loved one.


50 Best Healthcare System

Community Healthcare System has been recognized in a study on hospital quality and efficiency as one of the nation's top 50 performing health systems. The study, by Thomson Reuters, offered a look at how this nation's healthcare systems are performing. It found significant differences between high and low-performing systems in terms of patient survival, complication, patient safety and how quickly patients may return to daily life.

Community Healthcare System has performed in the top 20 percent of healthcare systems nationwide for five measures of performance: mortality, complications, patient safety; length of stay and use of evidence-based practices. Top performing healthcare systems were found to have: 25 percent fewer mortalities; 19 percent fewer complications; 13 percent fewer patient safety incidents; better core measures compliance; and 16 percent shorter length of stay.

Fire Starter

Fire Starter

The hospitals of Community Healthcare System have been presented with the Fire Starter award for operational excellence by the Studer Group®. This distinction is awarded to healthcare organizations across the United States that demonstrate marked improvements in patient satisfaction, employee workplace experience, and, reinvestment into their respective communities.

Chanute Prize

Chanute Prize

The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has awarded the hospitals of Community Healthcare System with the Chanute Prize for Team Innovation for the "Breast Care: Same-Day Results" project. Community Healthcare System's "Breast Care: Same Day Results" project consists of a fast-track system to advise women of the results of their screening mammograms within the same visit and should a non-surgical biopsy be required, know the results the same day the test is performed. The "Same-Day Results" program now spans all three Community Healthcare System facilities/Women's Diagnostic Centers.

Systemwide Accreditations

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CAP Accreditation

The Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded the laboratories of Community Healthcare System with a system-wide accreditation. While Community Healthcare System's facilities are part of some 6,800 laboratories that have received CAP-accreditation nationwide, there are only about 100 integrated system laboratories across the United States that have earned this same distinction. This stringent inspection program has been designed to ensure the highest standards of care for laboratory patients.