Veterans hospital in GJ one of top 19 in country

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction is one of 19 recognized as a top performer in key health care quality measures.

The Joint Commission, a health-care accrediting agency, chose the 19 hospitals after reviewing them for evidence-based care procedures and patient outcomes.

“It means we have a really excellent surgical team,” said Paul Sweeney, spokesman for the Grand Junction VA Medical Center. “It comes down to the dedication of everybody in surgery” from clerks to nurses to surgeons.

“There are a lot of personal ties they feel towards the veterans,” Sweeney said, noting that many who serve on the surgery team themselves are veterans.

The Grand Junction center is the only Colorado VA medical center to be listed as a top performer.

All 152 VA medical facilities are accredited by The Joint Commission.

Three new accountability measures were included in the calculation this year: stroke, venous thromboembolism and inpatient psychiatric services.

“VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electronic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade,” VA Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel said. “I am proud of the staff and I fully expect to see more VA medical facilities making this list next year.”


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