Sierra Vista Recognized for Quality & Excellence 
Ron Yukelson 
Monday, 25 October 2010 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center announced today that it has received two CIGNA quality designations and one Centers of Excellence designations for 2010. These quality designations mean that Sierra Vista has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice. The Center of Excellence designations mean that the hospital met CIGNA’s highest standards for quality and efficiency.

Sierra Vista received the following designations:  

·        Spinal Fusion (CIGNA Center of Excellence)

·        Adult Craniotomy

·        Total Hip Replacement 

“These designations provide evidence of our hospital’s commitment to providing high quality care,” said Candace L. Markwith, Sierra Vista Chief Executive Officer.  “Such recognitions demonstrate that we deliver care that exceeds nationally recognized standards for these conditions. I am very proud of our staff and physicians for this well-deserved recognition of their continued dedication to providing high quality care to our patients.” 

The CIGNA designations are based on the hospital’s effectiveness in treating the selected condition or performing the procedure. The designations are based in part of a hospital’s CMS Hospital Compare measures, Leapfrog Patient Safety Measures, mortality and complication rates.