VEP Healthcare congratulates its partner Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center (SCVMC) of Santa Clara, California, on earning Sepsis
Certification from The Joint Commission.
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SCVMC delivers a full range of healthcare services and is recognized as
a center of excellence for the following specialties: burns, diabetes,
trauma, children’s health, rehabilitation, and women’s care. The
hospital is dedicated to the health of the whole community and has
delivered high quality, compassionate, and safe care for residents of
Santa Clara County for more than 140 years. SCVMC’s multidisciplinary
Sepsis Program team educates providers and staff and develops tools to
promote the early detection and treatment of sepsis throughout the
hospital. VEP Healthcare providers support the diagnosis and treatment
of patients in SCVMC’s emergency department (ED).
VEP serves more than 30 hospitals nationwide and has an excellent track
record of increasing both patient satisfaction and quality metrics. For
SCVMC, VEP has implemented proven programs to optimize the quality and
value of care, including RPM (Rapid Patient Management™) that helps
emergency departments provide comprehensive care as quickly as possible.
Now, certification by The Joint Commission signifies that SCVMC, and the
VEP Healthcare providers based at the SCVMC ED, adhere to rigorous
guidelines for sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to an infection. Without
prompt treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ
failure, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more
than 1.5 million people in the US get sepsis each year. More than a
quarter million die. And about one in three patients who die in a
hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the most expensive disease to treat in
the hospital, costing approximately $17 billion dollars annually. To
reduce the risk of sepsis, healthcare facilities and professionals
follow rigorous guidelines for diagnosing and managing the condition.
Early detection and appropriate treatment of sepsis can decrease
mortality, improve patient outcomes, and decrease the length of stay in
“SCVMC, along with our partner VEP Healthcare, is committed to reducing
the risk of sepsis,” states Paul E. Lorenz, Chief Executive Officer of
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “Our goal is to prevent infection in
our hospital and throughout our community.”
Adds Steven Maron, MD, President and CEO of VEP Healthcare, “Joint
Commission certification validates our shared efforts to eradicate
sepsis at SCVMC and at all our partner hospitals.”
Founded in 1981, VEP is one of America’s largest and most experienced provider-owned
emergency medicine groups. VEP’s physicians, physician assistants, nurse
practitioners, and corporate staff are also the sole owners of the
company. This democratic structure helps the company maintain the fiscal
health of its emergency departments while always keeping the focus on
quality care for patients.
For more information, contact VEP Healthcare. Call 925.225.5837 and
visit VEP online at www.vephealthcare.com.
About Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a comprehensive acute care public
hospital system and Level 1 Trauma Center located in San Jose,
California, the heart of Silicon Valley. Along with its nationally
recognized and accredited Rehabilitation Center, Burn Center, and Trauma
Center, SCVMC offers a wide range of other specialized services plus a
large network of primary care clinics to provide high-quality,
compassionate care to all patients and their families. Please visit www.scvmc.org
for more information.
About VEP Healthcare
VEP Healthcare began providing emergency medical management services in
1981. In the years since, the organization’s expertise has expanded into
hospitalist services, intensive care, clinical decision units,
telehealth, and surgicalist services. Today, the owners of VEP – the
company’s physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and corporate
personnel – deliver clinical staffing and management services to major
urban, smaller community, and rural hospitals nationwide. Partner
hospitals call the organization’s positive impact on quality,
efficiency, and patient satisfaction “the VEP Effect.” For more
information about VEP Healthcare, call 925.225.5837, or visit www.vephealthcare.com.
About The Joint Commission
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission
accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and
programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and
certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that
reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance
standards. For more information, visit www.jointcommission.org.
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