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Russell Milligan
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center


Saints Mary and Elizabeth Receives HFAP Accreditation

Chicago, Ill. – April 6, 2011 – Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC) was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, recognized accreditation authority.

SMEMC earned this distinction following a 2010 HFAP survey that included an extensive and objective review of the medical center’s quality and safety standards. Six surveyors reviewed records, and interviewed patients and staff at both campus locations.

"Saints Mary and Elizabeth clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care," said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. "We base our decision on federal standards, patient safety and treatment, quality improvement and environmental safety. Saints Mary and Elizabeth met or exceeded standards in every case."

The HFAP is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals and other medical facilities for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

"We're proud to achieve this prestigious distinction," said Margaret McDermott, CEO/executive vice president, SMEMC. "By awarding us accreditation, HFAP has recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community."

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About HFAP

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information, go to:


SMEMC is an award-winning medical center on Chicago’s near northwest side and includes two campuses: Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in primary care, obstetrics, cardiac care, behavioral health and emergency services. Visit

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