Quality at UM BWMC

University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is committed to providing you and your family great care at all times. Because we believe it's important to inform you about the treatment you'd be receiving here, we have provided links to various web sites that routinely provide information to consumers about the quality of care in hospitals:

If you have a question, concern or suggestion about your care at UM BWMC, please call our Quality Improvement Department at 410-787-4730. Please note that the mandatory data reported to each of these sites may be different, resulting in different scores and ratings, and may measure different time periods. Below are just some of our recent awards and recognitions.

AWARDS

Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement AwardJuly 2017: For the fourth consecutive year, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. In order to receive the Gold award level, organizations must meet specific criteria for at least two consecutive calendar years. UM BWMC has received the Mission: Lifeline award since its inception in 2010 starting with a Bronze award from 2010 to 2012. UM BWMC received Silver in 2013 and Gold from 2014 to present.

Platinum Performance Award from American College of Cardiology FoundationJuly 2017: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2017. This is the second time in the last three years the medical center has been honored with the award. The award recognizes UM BWMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that the medical center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement AwardJuly 2017: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer from severe heart attacks. UM BWMC earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to reestablish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

June 2016: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

June 2016: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. In order to receive the Gold award level, organizations must meet specific criteria for at least two consecutive calendar years.

Platinum Performance Award from American College of Cardiology FoundationJuly 2015: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015 – one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes UM BWMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that the medical center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

April 2015: UM BWMC was recognized by Healthgrades with the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This award was given to 467 hospitals who were top performers for their scores related to patient safety, according to claims data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on hospital stays from 2011 to 2013. The top 10 percent of these hospitals earned 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, UM BWMC being one of them.

March 2015: The Tate Cancer Center received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer and the American College of Surgeons as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program (ACAD). ACADs are cancer centers that provide post graduate medical education, accession more than 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and participate in cancer related clinical research. The Tate Cancer Center is one of only four ACAD programs in Maryland. Only 13 percent of all cancer programs in the nation have achieved this status.

March 2015: The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) recognized University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center with the Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Award for having reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/ASA for 12 consecutive months.