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  • April 28, 2017 - Select Specialty Hospital – Gulf Coast Earns Designations from Parent Company

    Select Specialty Hospital – Gulf Coast, Inc. (SSH – Gulf Coast), the only-long term acute care hospital in the six southern counties of Mississippi, recently received the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) designation, after receiving the Pulmonary Center of Excellence (PCOE)and Stroke Center designations last year from its parent company, Select Medical Corporation. These awards are exclusive to facilities in the Select Medical family of hospitals.

    “Here at Select, we feel a very real responsibility to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, CPE, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer for Select Medical. “We already maintain very high standards for ourselves, often well above national benchmarks. However, these designations mean a hospital has met even more rigorous protocols to take it to the next level of care.”

    The PCOE, TBI and Stroke Center designations are awarded to hospitals that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ventilator weaning and patient mobility, along with specialized clinical experience that incorporates treatment and care processes designed to meet the unique needs of patients with acute neurological needs.

    “Our goal is simple – maximize a patient’s level of function while decreasing or eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation,” said Gloria Skinner, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Select Medical. “Our hospitals already do this well, but the new designation means a hospital has gone above and beyond to achieve the highest discharge-to-home rate possible. This should return even more patients to a high-quality, productive life.”

    The hospital also consistently receives an average 4.4 out of 5 star rating on patient satisfaction surveys. The survey, administered at discharge, contains 25 questions that ask patients to rate their hospital experience upon discharge, including nursing care, responsiveness of staff, environmental conditions such as cleanliness and quietness, communication and discharge planning. Completed surveys are sent to two third-party providers for the aggregation and analysis of such survey results and patient comments to ensure confidentiality of all responses.  John O’Keefe, CEO of SSH – Gulf Coast, said “Not only do we strive to achieve greater levels of clinical distinction to better serve our complex patient population, but we are always seeking new and better ways to genuinely engage our team members and deliver an exceptional, memorable patient experience.”

    The care team at SSH – Gulf Coast is comprised of numerous physician specialties, including pulmonology, neurology, and  internal medicine, and many other clinical disciplines such as respiratory therapists, nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, and dieticians, all trained in caring for the medically complex patient. The 61-bed long-term acute care hospital serves Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and George Counties, as well as all areas west to New Orleans, Louisiana and east to Mobile, Alabama.

    Select Medical began operations in 1997 and has grown to be one of the largest operators of specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and occupational health centers in the United States based on the number of facilities.  As of March 31, 2017, Select Medical operated 102 long term acute care hospitals and 20 acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 27 states and 1,610 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical’s joint venture subsidiary Concentra operated 308 centers in 38 states. Concentra also provides contract services at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics.  At March 31, 2017, Select Medical had operations in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Select Medical is available at www.selectmedical.com.

     

    April 20, 2016 - SSH - Gulf Coast Receives Hospital of Excellence Award
    During the 18th Annual CEO and Medical Director Conference for the long-term-acute care hospital (LTACH) division of Select Medical, Regency Hospital of Cleveland West was awarded the Chairman’s Hospital of Excellence Award. This award is given to the hospital showing excellence in clinical competence and outcomes, demonstrating the Select Medical core values, providing exceptional patient care, maintaining superior quality metrics and achieving all business objectives and benchmarks. 
    February 10, 2016 - SSH – Gulfport Earns Pulmonary Center of Excellence Designation from Parent Company

    Select Specialty Hospital (SSH) – Gulfport, a long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital, recently received the Pulmonary Center of Excellence (PCOE) designation from their parent company, Select Medical. This award is exclusive to facilities in the Select Medical family of hospitals.

    “Here at Select, we feel a very real responsibility to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, CPE, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer for Select Medical. “We already maintain very high standards for ourselves, often well above national benchmarks. However, this designation means a hospital has met even more rigorous protocols to take it to the next level of care.”

    The designation certifies that a hospital provides the absolute very latest protocols and best practices in the nation for mechanical ventilation and care. Beginning in 2015, many within Select Medical’s network of more than 100 specialty sites began the rigorous process of applying for this designation.

    “Our goal is simple – maximize a patient’s level of function while decreasing or eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation,” said Gloria Skinner, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Select Medical. “Our hospitals already do this well, but the new designation means a hospital has gone above and beyond to truly maximize the highest discharge-to-home rate possible. This should return even more patients to a high-quality, productive life.”

    Hospitals that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ventilator weaning and patient mobility, along with establish medication protocols and effective strategies for minimizing ventilator associated pneumonia receive the PCOE designation. Led by pulmonary director Dr. Fred Pakron, SSH-Gulfport’s pulmonary team is comprised of pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, dieticians and other specialists, all trained in caring for the acute pulmonary patient.

    SSH – Gulfport is a 61-bed, all private room hospital serving the Mississippi Gulfport and surrounding areas. “I am very proud of our hospital,” said John O’Keefe, CEO for SSH – Gulfport. “This team stops at nothing to do what is best for our patients.”  

    Select Medical is one of the nation's largest providers of specialized care. Select Medical’s more than 40,000 employees operate or support more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, 17 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and nearly 1,500 outpatient centers offering physical and occupational therapy and/or occupational medicine. It also offers physical therapy and/or athletic training to approximately 300 high schools, colleges and professional sports teams. In addition, it also provides medical rehabilitation services on a contracted basis to more than 400 nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and senior care centers, schools and work sites. Select Medical and its parent company, Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SEM), are based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit selectmedical.com or youtube.com/SelectMedicalTV.

     

    August 21, 2013 - SSH - Gulf Coast is a participant of the Quality Respiratory Care

    Select Specialty Hospital-Gulf Coast has received recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care for quality respiratory care. Out of 5,000 U.S. Hospitals, only 700 (approximately 15 percent of the hospitals) have received this distinction

    AARC looks at a variety of criteria in determining who receives this designation. The criteria includes:

    • All Respiratory Therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
    • Respiratory Therapists are available 24 hours.
    • Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
    • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously.  Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
    • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as Medical Director of respiratory care services
    • Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.