Pa. Department of Health Recognizes Philadelphia Hospital with Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance

Oct 16, 2012, 11:45 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Health

National Healthcare Quality Week is Oct. 14-20

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf today presented the Good Shepherd Penn Partners Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse with the state's first award for "Excellence in Health Care Compliance."

Good Shepherd Penn Partners was one of seven of the state's 244 health care facilities, and the only one in the region, to receive this award during National Healthcare Quality Week.

"As the industry regulators, we understand the importance of identifying best practices and recognizing the strengths that we have here in Pennsylvania," Wolf said. "This new award was developed to identify facilities demonstrating excellence in meeting state regulations and to positively reinforce those actions."

The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children's hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts about 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.

Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.

"It is extremely gratifying to have the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse recognized by the highest health care authority in our state," Lisa M. Marsilio, executive director of Good Shepherd Penn Partners said. "Such an award highlights the world-class, patient-centered care provided by our more than 600 employees across all levels of our organization."

To view hospital surveys from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit and select "Hospitals" under the "Facilities, Providers and Managed Care Plans" tab.

Media contact: Aimee Tysarczyk or Kait Gillis, 717-787-1783

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health