BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – The Department of Veterans Affairs had released its end of fiscal year 2018 VA hospital Star ratings.
These ratings evaluate and benchmark quality of care delivery at VA medical centers across the nation.
According to the report, the Bath VA Medical Center maintained a 5-star rating in Fiscal Year 2018.
“The Bath VA continuously strides to improve the quality of care and health care outcomes for Veterans living in the Southern Tier area we have the privilege of caring for. We are proud of our employees’ efforts that have led to the improvements made in mental health services, inpatient quality measures and mortality rates and we are committed to sustaining these results.” said Bruce Tucker, interim medical center director.
The Star rating designation is designed to help VA identify best practices of its top performing hospitals and share them across VA’s health care system to achieve system-wide improvements.
Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the release of VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report shows 66 percent of VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) have improved in overall quality in the third quarter — with the largest gains seen in areas where there were VA-wide improvement initiatives, such as mortality, length of stay and avoidable adverse events. Six VAMCs had a decrease in quality, and improvement activities are underway at each of these facilities.
Additionally, of the medical centers placed under the Strategic Action for Transformation program (StAT), an initiative that monitors high-risk medical centers and mobilizes resources to assist them, eight are no longer considered high risk and 80 percent (12 medical centers) show measurable improvements since being placed under StAT in January 2018.
“There’s no doubt that there’s still plenty of work to do, but I’m proud of our employees, who work tirelessly to move VA in the right direction for Veterans and taxpayers,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.