LINDEN DIALYSIS UNIT RECEIVES 5-STAR EXCELLENCE RATING
Trinitas Dialysis Unit among top 10% of hospitals nationwide
The Linden Dialysis Center of Trinitas Regional Medical Center has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that places it in the top 10 percent of dialysis centers around the country. CMS instituted a Dialysis Facility Compare site for public reporting of quality measures in 2001; this is the first year the star-rating system for quality measures has been in effect for dialysis centers. Complete details about the reporting system can be found at medicare.gov.
The Linden facility, located at 10 Wood Avenue, achieved exceptional results in markers that measure Emergency Department visits, overall hospital admissions, and infection rates. Patients of the Linden center required 40% fewer ED visits than the national average, with 43% fewer hospital admissions required. The remarkably low rate of infection was less than half of the national average.
"This recognition from CMS speaks to the level of care we've provided at the Linden Dialysis Center since we opened the location in 1993," says Joseph McTernan, Senior Director of Community and Clinical Services for Trinitas. "It's a designation that affirms the strength of our renal care outcomes."
In conjunction with the Nephrology Department, the Trinitas Renal Services operates two other dialysis centers in Elizabeth, one at 225 Williamson St. and the other at 629 Livingston St. Renal Services programs focus on chronic kidney disease management as well as kidney disease prevention. Through the Trinitas THRIVE (The High Risk Intervention Via Education) Program, founded at Trinitas 20 years ago by nephrologist Dr. James McAnally, high-risk patients with hypertension and diabetes are counseled and educated on lifestyle changes they can make to delay or even prevent the onset of kidney failure. Through community outreach and screening, McTernan says, Trinitas is taking a proactive stance not only to treat patients experiencing kidney failure, but to prevent the condition in the first place. Click here to learn more information about THRIVE and its success stories.
For the Linden Dialysis Center, the CMS five-star designation is a well-earned recognition of the care and service it provides. "We strive to do the right thing by every single patient, every single time," McTernan says. "We look forward to continuing clinical excellence at each of our centers."
About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.
Posted: February 10, 2015