Marian Earns National Award for Patient Satisfaction

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Emergency Department Earns National Award

(Santa Maria, CA) Marian Medical Center's Emergency Department was recently honored for its commitment to patient satisfaction. Avatar International, Inc., a leader in healthcare research and consulting recognized Marian's "Exemplary Service" with the prestigious Most Improved Emergency Care 2006 award. Marian's Emergency Department staff have dedicated themselves to providing the best in clinical care as well as patient service. Best practices, including more patient-centered communication, as well as waiting room enhancements have not only improved the efficiency of Marian Medical Center's Emergency Department, they've also earned national it recognition.

Emergency Department Nursing Director, Ann Marsalek explains, "Collaborative efforts on the part of physicians and nurses to become better bedside communicators are making a great difference for our patients. Our staff has been focusing specifically on improving communication about wait times and pain management."

In addition, physical improvements to the Emergency Department waiting and triage areas have not only enhanced the aesthetic of the space, but have also streamlined a patient's journey; providing additional space, a more efficient triage process, and improved patient privacy. The addition of the new Patient Care Center, adjacent to the Emergency Department has been well-received as well. Marsalek states, "Our goal is to make a patient's visit to the Emergency Department as user-friendly, anxiety-free, and reassuring as possible, while delivering excellent patient care."

In making the announcement, Dr. Michael Everett, Avatar Founder and CEO said, "There is no stronger demonstration of commitment to patients and their families, to staff, to physicians, and to the community than continuous improvement. Marian Medical Center is to be congratulated for achieving the improvement necessary to obtain this award."

Accepting the award, Charles J. Cova, President of Marian Medical Center said, "Service excellence has always been a top priority at Marian. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of a team of physicians, nurses, and staff committed to providing our community with the highest quality of care."

Established in 1981, Avatar has earned a reputation as one of the leading quality improvement firms in the world. Today, Avatar's patient survey process is recognized as one of the top three in the United States.


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