St. James Healthcare's Cardiac Rehab team Recognized by MACVPR

For the second year in a row, the St. James Healthcare’s Cardiac Rehab team was recognized by the Montana Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MACVPR) for the department’s performance of the Montana Cardiac Rehabilitation Outcomes Project (MCROP). The Cardiovascular Health Program is part of the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services. Each year the MCROP recognizes individual programs from MACVPR that are performing “above the line”. The “line” in reference is the regional benchmark for each indicator being tracked by the outcomes project.

The cardiac rehab program at St. James Healthcare had the highest rating of all large hospitals from Montana and northern Wyoming participating in the project over this past year. Of the quality indicators evaluated, the St. James cardiac rehab program exceeded the regional benchmark in 11 of the 13 indicators.

The Montana Outcomes Project started in the summer of 2005, with the intent of providing a complete out-of-the-box outcomes program, provide data support to participating programs, which includes the benchmarking of indicators, and provide feedback to each program so they, in turn, can compare their individual data to that of the entire group.  The overall goal is to use the feedback to drive quality improvement (QI) projects that result in improved patient care.

St. James’ cardiac rehab program was recognized at MACVPR’s annual conference in Billings. Please join us in congratulating Karen Bennett, Kristin Johnson, Mary Booth, Rebecca Caudill, and Chad Green on the excellent care they are providing cardiac patients in Southwest Montana.

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