Clinical excellence award:
- MeritCare is one of 65 VHA member hospitals to receive the award for clinical excellence in two clinical areas: treatment of heart attack patients and prevention of surgical infections.
- The award is received for meeting or exceeding national performance standards in specific areas.
Surgical care award:
- MeritCare achieved at least 90 percent compliance for: coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac surgery, hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, colon surgery, hysterectomy and vascular surgery.
- Award was given to only 87 VHA member hospitals, including MeritCare.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 17 offices across the United States, VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide.