St. Catherine Hospital

  • Location: East Chicago, IN
  • Award: Healthcare Organization of the Month
  • Awarded: September 2018

St. Catherine Hospital is a 211-bed acute care facility with a 90-year legacy of being at the forefront of medical progress and change. Part of Community Healthcare System since 2001, the hospital’s ongoing goal is to provide comprehensive services to make healthcare stronger and improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.

Working in tandem with community, business and healthcare leaders, St. Catherine Hospital is continually reinvesting in capital upgrades, technology, staff, healthcare partnerships with major medical teaching universities and outreach programs to provide extraordinary, high-quality care and advance modern medicine for people of all walks of life.

A member of the Studer Group for 12 years, St. Catherine Hospital takes pride in its engaged staff and mission-driven focus.

With a nursing staff of 378 out of 980 employees as of June 30, the hospital’s care teams are centered on Hourly Rounding®, the Bedside Shift Report and AIDET® as well as leadership rounding to impact care and workplace culture in ways that improve patient safety and the patient experience.

“The Studer model of care has become second-nature to our staff and is part of our daily culture. Studer has helped shape a workplace environment that emphasizes education, coaching, attention to details, data-driven analytics and full engagement with our patients,” says Paula Swenson, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Catherine Hospital.

St. Catherine Hospital’s service-oriented approach to care and our commitment to Studer principles by staff has led to top national rankings in healthcare, according to Swenson. HCAHPS scores exceed the 80th percentile in the majority of the domains. Additionally, the hospital consistently achieves mean scores in excess of 95 for the ambulatory and outpatient settings. Swenson, credits the staff’s and managers’ commitment to patient engagement and consistent use of evidence-based practices for the team’s success.

St. Catherine Hospital is the only hospital in Northwest Indiana and one of less than 100 in the nation to receive a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2016 and 2017.

The hospital has had “A” grades in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group over many years. The American Heart | American Stroke Association awarded its Get With the Guidelines® Gold-Plus | Target: Strokeā„  Honor Roll status to the hospital in 2017 and 2018. St. Catherine Hospital also has received Women’s Choice Awards for Heart Care and Patient Safety.

“For a hospital serving some of the most diverse and vulnerable patient populations in Northwest Indiana, we take great pride in delivering high quality care to our patients through clinical, service and operational excellence,” says Leo Correa, CEO.

Some of St. Catherine Hospital’s other recent achievements, include:

  • Gold Seal/Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care, The Joint Commission, 2016 and 2018
  • National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification, Cribs for Kids®, 2018
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