The Joint Commission Accreditation
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Howard Country General Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. The Gold Seal reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care and preparing patients and their caregivers for discharge. Howard County General Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients.
Patient Safety and Quality Ratings
Howard Country General Hospital staff and physicians follow The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals as our framework for quality and safety. See how our hospital ranks in patient experience, home care quality, readmisions, infection prevention and other metrics as evaluated by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services based on patient surveys.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades
The Leapfrog Group evaluates hospital performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
Howard County General Hospital is proud to honor its outstanding nurses with the DAISY Award — an international recognition program that celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide to patients and families every day.
Anyone can nominate a nurse — patients, family members, visitors, physicians, staff members and volunteers — by sharing a story of the outstanding care the nurse provided. Each quarter, one extraordinary HCGH nurse will be selected to receive the DAISY Award by a committee of peers.
Stroke and Cardiac Care Awards
Primary Stroke Center – Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services
When a person is suffering a stroke, Maryland law requires that EMS ambulances bring the patient to the closest designated Primary Stroke Center. For this Primary Stroke Center designation, MIEMSS standards require hospitals to provide excellent patient care, including rapid assessment by a multi-disciplinary team and the most advanced treatment with clot-busting medications.
Cardiac Interventional Center – Maryland Health Care Commission
Howard County General Hospital has received a waiver from the Maryland Health Care commission to provide interventional treatment for certain heart attack patients through the Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) program. Patients experiencing a certain type of heart attack quickly receive potentially life-saving balloon angioplasty treatment, which opens arteries and minimizes damage to the heart muscle.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Awards
Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a high commitment to following guidelines that improve patient outcomes
- Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus
- Target: Stroke Honor Roll
- Target: Type II Diabetes Honor Roll
- Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Gold Achievement
- Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Achievement Award
Learn more about Get With The Guidelines® Learn About our Stroke Center
Blood Bank – American Association of Blood Banks and College of American Pathologists
The Howard County General Hospital Blood Bank passed a recent accreditation survey with a perfect score of 100, maintaining accreditation for both the American Association of Blood Banks and the College of American Pathologists.
Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
The HCAHPS survey results reveal an independent, objective look at what patients think about the care they receive at hospitals across the country. The survey offers a snapshot of certain aspects of health care that can serve as a guide to further improvement and monitoring by hospitals, as well as help consumers make informed choices.
Perinatal Referral Center - Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services
Howard County General Hospital is designated as a Perinatal Referral Center. This designation recognizes the breadth and quality of obstetric and neonatal services offered to care for seriously ill pregnant women and newborns. To receive this designation, hospitals must demonstrate capability in providing uncomplicated and complicated obstetrical, neonatal and pediatric care through specific written standards, protocols and guidelines.