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James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona)

2907 PLEASANT VALLEY BOULEVAR
Altoona, PA 16602
(814) 943-8164
Services Offered:
Hospital
James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) serves Blair County, PA
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    Acute Care - VA Medical Center
    Emergency Service is Provided
    Owned by the Federal Government
    Surgical Care Improvement Project Process of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 11 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 11 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Outpatients having surgery who got an antibiotic at the right time - within one hour before surgery (higher numbers are better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    90.88%
    91.5%
    Outpatients having surgery who got the right kind of antibiotic (higher numbers are better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    89.27%
    90.5%
    Patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after their surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    93.16%
    97%
    Surgery patients who were taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital, who were kept on the beta blockers during the period just before and after their surgery
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    92.42%
    93.5%
    Surgery patients needing hair removed from the surgical area before surgery, who had hair removed using a safer method (electric clippers or hair removal cream - not a razor)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    99.56%
    99.5%
    Heart surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control in the days right after surgery
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    93.38%
    93%
    Surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    96.57%
    98%
    Surgery patients whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 24 hours after surgery)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    94.02%
    94%
    Surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent infection
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    95.32%
    98.5%
    Surgery patients whose doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots after certain types of surgeries
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    94.39%
    97%
    Surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery.
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    91.96%
    85%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Pneumonia Process of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 6 of 6 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 4 of 6 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Pneumonia Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
     
     
     
     
    100%
    95.95%
    100%
    Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)
     
     
     
     
    97%
    92.76%
    95.33%
    Pneumonia Patients Given Initial Antibiotic(s) within 6 Hours After Arrival
     
     
     
     
    100%
    96.15%
    98.33%
    Pneumonia Patients Assessed and Given Pneumococcal Vaccination
     
     
     
     
    100%
    93.57%
    99.67%
    Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior To The Administration Of The First Hospital Dose Of Antibiotics
     
     
     
     
    97%
    96.13%
    97.67%
    Pneumonia Patients Assessed and Given Influenza Vaccination
     
     
     
     
    96%
    90.71%
    93.33%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Attack or Chest Pain Process of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 5 of 9 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 4 of 9 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Attack Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
     
     
     
     
    100%
    91.94%
    97.67%
    Heart Attack Patients Given PCI Within 90 Minutes Of Arrival
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    85.44%
    96%
    Heart Attack Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
     
     
     
     
    100%
    98.07%
    100%
    Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who got drugs to break up blood clots within 30 minutes of arrival (higher numbers are better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    42.19%
    100%
    Heart Attack Patients Given Fibrinolytic Medication Within 30 Minutes Of Arrival
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    57.69%
    Not Available
    Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge
     
     
     
     
    100%
    96.4%
    99%
    Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who got aspirin within 24 hours of arrival (higher numbers are better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    93.97%
    92%
    Heart Attack Patients Given Beta Blocker at Discharge
     
     
     
     
    100%
    96.26%
    99%
    Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Arrival
     
     
     
     
    100%
    95.99%
    99.67%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Attack or Chest Pain Process of Care Measures (Timeliness)
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 3 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 3 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0 minutes
    15.71 minutes
    31.42 minutes
    47.13 minutes
    62.84 minutes
    78.56 minutes
    Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack got an ECG (a lower number of minutes is better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    9.88 minutes
    5 minutes
    Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who needed specialized care were transferred to another hospital (a lower number of minutes is better)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    78.56 minutes
    Not Available
    0 minutes
    15.71 minutes
    31.42 minutes
    47.13 minutes
    62.84 minutes
    78.56 minutes
    Heart Failure Process of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 3 of 4 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 3 of 4 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Failure Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    95.88%
    100%
    Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions
     
     
     
     
    96%
    89.47%
    94%
    Heart Failure Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
     
     
     
     
    100%
    93.39%
    97%
    Heart Failure Patients Given an Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function
     
     
     
     
    100%
    97.61%
    99.67%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Children's Asthma Process of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 3 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 3 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Children Who Received Reliever Medication While Hospitalized for Asthma
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    100%
    Not Available
    Children and their Caregivers Who Received a Home Management Plan of Care Document While Hospitalized for Asthma
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    74.25%
    Not Available
    Children Who Received Systemic Corticosteroid Medication (oral and IV Medication That Reduces Inflammation and Controls Symptoms) While Hospitalized for Asthma
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    100%
    Not Available
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Hospital Death (Mortality) Rates Outcome of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 1 of 3 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 2 of 3 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Failure Death (Mortality) Rates
     
     
     
     
    13.8%
    10.87%
    12.17%
    Heart Attack Death (Mortality) Rates
     
     
     
     
    15.1%
    15.56%
    15.55%
    Pneumonia (PN) 30-Day Mortality Rate
     
     
     
     
    12%
    11.6%
    12.93%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Hospital Readmission Rates Outcome of Care Measures
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 2 of 3 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 3 of 3 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Heart Attack Readmission Rates
     
     
     
     
    20.1%
    19.94%
    20.15%
    Heart Failure Readmission Rates
     
     
     
     
    23.1%
    24.93%
    24.07%
    Pneumonia Readmission Rates
     
     
     
     
    16.3%
    18.42%
    17.17%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Use of Medical Imaging (tests like Mammograms, MRIs, and CT scans)
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram or ultrasound within 45 days after a screening mammogram. (A number that is much lower than 8% may mean there's not enough follow-up. A number much higher than 14% may mean there's too much unnecessary follow-up.)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    8.59%
    6.65%
    Outpatients with low back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first, such as physical therapy. (If a number is high, it may mean the facility is doing too many unnecessary MRIs for low back pain.)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    32.67%
    32.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Combination CT Scans
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0
    0.2
    0.4
    0.6
    0.8
    1
    Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were "combination" (double) scans. (The range for this measure is 0 to 1. A number very close to 1 may mean that too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.04
    0.03
    Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were "combination" (double) scans. (The range for this measure is 0 to 1. A number very close to 1 may mean that too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.2
    0.18
    0
    0.2
    0.4
    0.6
    0.8
    1
    Survey of Patients' Hospital Experiences
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Patients who gave a rating of "9" or "10" (high)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    65.15%
    67.5%
    Patients who gave a rating of "7" or "8" (medium)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    25.15%
    27%
    Patients who gave a rating of "6" or lower (low)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    9.7%
    5.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often did nurses communicate well with patients?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Nurses "always" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    76.01%
    79%
    Nurses "usually" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    19%
    17.5%
    Nurses "sometimes" or "never" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    4.99%
    3.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often was patients pain well controlled?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Pain was "always" well controlled
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    68.67%
    71%
    Pain was "usually" well controlled
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    24.27%
    24.5%
    Pain was "sometimes" or "never" well controlled
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    7.06%
    4.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often was the area around patients rooms kept quiet at night?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Always quiet at night
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    49.91%
    54%
    Usually quiet at night
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    35.49%
    33%
    Sometimes or "never" quiet at night
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    14.59%
    13%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Would patients recommend the hospital to friends and family?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    "YES", patients would definitely recommend the hospital
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    66.38%
    71.5%
    "YES", patients would probably recommend the hospital
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    28.3%
    26%
    "NO", patients would not recommend the hospital (they probably would not or definitely would not recommend it)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    5.33%
    2.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often did staff explain about medicines before giving them to patients?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Staff "always" explained
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    59.19%
    64.5%
    Staff "usually" explained
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    19.23%
    17.5%
    Staff "sometimes" or "never" explained
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    21.57%
    18%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Were patients given information about what to do during their recovery at home?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Yes, staff "did" give patients this information
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    82.71%
    82%
    No, staff "did not" give patients this information
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    17.29%
    18%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often did patients receive help quickly from hospital staff?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Patients "always" received help as soon as they wanted
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    62.83%
    65.5%
    Patients "usually" received help as soon as they wanted
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    26.67%
    28.5%
    Patients "sometimes" or "never" received help as soon as they wanted
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    10.49%
    6%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often did doctors communicate well with patients?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Doctors "always" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    78.6%
    81%
    Doctors "usually" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    16.73%
    15.5%
    Doctors "sometimes" or "never" communicated well
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    4.66%
    3.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    How often were the patients rooms and bathrooms kept clean?
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Room was "always" clean
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    70.27%
    76.5%
    Room was "usually" clean
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    20.91%
    19%
    Room was "sometimes" or "never" clean
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    8.82%
    4.5%
    0%
    20%
    40%
    60%
    80%
    100%
    Hospital Acquired Conditions
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 8 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 8 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0
    0.18
    0.36
    0.54
    0.71
    0.89
    Foreign object retained after surgery (per 1,000 surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.03
    Not Available
    Air embolism (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0
    Not Available
    Blood incompatibility (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0
    Not Available
    Pressure ulcer stages III and IV (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.12
    Not Available
    Falls and trauma (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.61
    0.89
    Vascular catheter-associated infection (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.24
    Not Available
    Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.31
    0.09
    Manifestations of poor glycemic control (per 1,000 medical and surgical discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.04
    Not Available
    0
    0.18
    0.36
    0.54
    0.71
    0.89
    Serious Complications
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 6 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 6 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0
    24.71
    49.42
    74.13
    98.84
    123.55
    Death Among Surgical Inpatients with Serious Treatable Complications (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    115.1
    123.55
    Iatrogenic Pneumothorax (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    0.39
    0.4
    Postoperative Respiratory Failure (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    9.51
    9.34
    Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    6.04
    4.85
    Postoperative Wound Dehiscence (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    2.19
    2.39
    Accidental Puncture or Laceration (per 1,000 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    2.01
    1.33
    0
    24.71
    49.42
    74.13
    98.84
    123.55
    Deaths for Certain Conditions
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average state scores in 0 of 2 areas.
    James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona) exceeds average region scores in 0 of 2 areas.
    Provider Score
    State Average
    Region Average
    Measure
    0
    0.89
    1.78
    2.67
    3.56
    4.45
    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Mortality (per 100 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    4.45
    4.04
    Hip Fracture Mortality (per 100 patient discharges)
     
     
     
     
    Not Available
    2.96
    3.84
    0
    0.89
    1.78
    2.67
    3.56
    4.45
    Additional Quality Measures available on Medicare.gov
    Licenses
    US DHHS Hospital
    License No. 39001F
    Issued by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Medicare
    Issued by Medicare

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