Awards and Recognition


Quality Care at Saint Clare’s Health

At Saint Clare’s Health, providing extraordinary family-centered care is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to offering our patients the highest quality health care possible, and to ensure that our patients are always satisfied with the care they receive throughout our health system. One of the ways this commitment to quality and continuous focus on quality improvement is evident is through the achievement awards, accreditations, and performance scores that Saint Clare’s has received.

Joint Commission Accreditation and Certification

Saint Clare's Health hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission, including our Behavioral Health center, home care, and multiple ambulatory services. Our Denville and Dover hospitals are Advanced Disease Certified for Primary Stroke by The Joint Commission. In addition, Denville Hospital is also Disease Certified for Hip and Knee. The Joint Commission is the nation’s leading health care evaluation and accreditation organization.

Joint Commission Top Performers of Key Quality Measures

Saint Clare's Denville and Dover Hospitals are ranked among the top hospitals in the nation in the Joint Commission’s Top Performers of Key Quality Measures ™ in a report by The Joint Commission. Both hospitals were recognized for the treatment of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and Disease Specific Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement

Saint Clare’s Denville and Dover Hospitals have earned the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement. The quality certification was awarded by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care, including program management, delivering or facilitating clinical care, supporting self management, clinical information management, and performance measurement.

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hospitals were evaluated based on the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 14 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This Healthgrades designation recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

According to Healthgrades, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

Saint Clare’s Health is a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, recognizing commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based practices and the highest standard of care nationally.

Three-Year Term of Accreditation in Radiation Oncology

The Center for Cancer Care at Saint Clare's Denville Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Dover Hospital's Women's Health Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. The Women's Health Center is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

American College of Surgeons Approval with Commendation

In 2015, the Center for Cancer Care at Saint Clare's Denville Hospital was awarded a three-year approval with commendations by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). This type of approval is given to programs that comply with all standards and receive a commendation rating for one or more standards. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve quality of care for surgical patients by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine Accreditation

In 2014, Dover Hospital's Center for Sleep Medicine received a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), recognizing a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and the longitudinal management of sleep patients. AASM center accreditation reflects a commitment to ensure that sleep disorder patients receive the highest quality of care.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification

In September 2011, Saint Clare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation received its second consecutive three-year certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), recognizing commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.

Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories Accreditation

In 2013, Saint Clare’s Echocardiography Laboratories in Denville and Dover received a three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). ICAEL accreditation recognizes labs for commitment to high quality patient care and provision of quality diagnostic testing.

Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories Accreditation

In 2013, Saint Clare’s Vascular Laboratories in Denville, Dover, and Sussex received a three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). This nationally recognized accreditation assures accuracy, quality and patient safety.

Infection Control

Saint Clare’s success in infection control initiatives, aimed at the prevention of healthcare associated infections, include:

Winner of the IHI Innovation Challenge:Reducing Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infection

In 2008, Saint Clare’s won the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Innovation Challenge: Reducing Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infection. To achieve this accolade, Saint Clare’s implemented multiple initiatives including a hand hygiene campaign, development of infection liaisons, screenings and many other infection control practices – and was able to demonstrate reducing MRSA infections.

IHI Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Mentor Hospital Designation:

Saint Clare’s continued as a designated Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Mentor Hospital since 2008. As a mentor hospital, Saint Clare’s has a national leadership role in guiding healthcare workers, including the public sector, in the prevention and control of MRSA infections. Saint Clare’s Infection Preventionists (IPs) are called on to share best practices, providing webinars in multiple states, including New Jersey. Healthcare practitioners across the nation can also call individually on Saint Clare’s IPs for advice, policy examples, or best practices information.

HRET: Hospitals In Pursuit of Excellence in Eliminating CAUTI:

Saint Clare’s was one of the three hospitals nationwide that was recognized by Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) in partnership with American Hospital Association (AHA) – HPOE (Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence). Saint Clare’s “Case Example” is featured in the HRET Signature Leadership Series: Eliminating Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections.