Jersey Shore, Pa. – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is one of seven Pennsylvania hospitals that received the highest marks for nurse communication, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
At least 89% of patients at the seven hospitals responded that "nurses always communicated well." Geisinger Jersey Shore’s latest score is 91%, which is 10% higher than the state average.
“It is no surprise that Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital received high scores. We focused on discharge and medication teaching in the hospital and tailored it to meet the specific needs of our patients,” said Chelsea Reichard, nursing director at Geisinger Jersey Shore. “We worked hard to implement teach-back methodology, and these scores show it’s really working.”
The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent data released Jan. 26 based on the time frame from July 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. Read the results online at medicare.gov/care-compare.
At Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, the last year emphasized communicating to patients a thorough care plan, spanning from admission through discharge.
The revised processes are seeing success, as patients are better understanding their conditions and taking their medications as advised.
“We follow up with each of our patients after they are sent home, and we hear fewer questions during those phone calls. Our patients are having better outcomes because they comprehend and retain that knowledge,” concluded Reichard.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.