As evidence of our commitment to excellence in patient care, Froedtert Hospital has achieved recognition in the following areas, in addition to our accreditation by The Joint Commission.
Froedtert Hospital has achieved its third Magnet designation recognizing nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This achievement recognizes Froedtert Hospital’s excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the delivery of nursing services.
Level I Trauma Center
Froedtert Hospital is eastern Wisconsin’s only adult Level I Trauma Center. The classification, by the American College of Surgeons, means the trauma center provides the highest level of specialty expertise and meets strict national standards. Froedtert Hospital was most recently reverified in 2013.
The Froedtert Hospital's Stroke and Neurovascular Program was the first in the state to receive Primary Stroke Center certification and one of the less than 1% of hospitals in the nation to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, along with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. This national recognition establishes Froedtert Hospital as part of an elite group of industry leaders with the staff, training, tools, technology and 24/7 availability to provide the most advanced stroke care.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Froedtert Hospital is designated a Level 4 epilepsy center — the highest rating — by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
The Neurophysiology Lab received the highest accreditation from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). The Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation Program acknowledges laboratories for achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality, performance, and integrity based on professional standards.
Heart and Vascular Distinctions
Froedtert Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center & Resuscitation Accreditation with 24/7 PCI (v6) from the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services.
Froedtert Hospital is one of only three providers in the state that meets The Joint Commission’s stringent volume and clinical quality requirements in order to be awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for their Adult Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Destination Therapy Program.
The Heart and Vascular Center at Froedtert Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Recognized centers meet overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community.
The Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Program at Froedtert Hospital is one of less than 25 in the country designated by the HHT Foundation as a Center of Excellence. Centers meet guidelines established by the foundation and provide a coordinated team of experts to treat patients with HHT.
Our electrophysiology program at Froedtert Hospital is recognized as a Aetna Institute of Quality® for Cardiac Rhythm. Facilities recognized as Aetna Institutes of Quality are specifically selected based on measures of clinical performance, access and efficiency for cardiac care.
The echocardiography lab at Froedtert Hospital received triple accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. The certification means the lab meets standards for transthoracic echo, stress echo and transesophageal echo procedures.
The vascular lab at Froedtert Hospital received accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for vascular testing. Accreditation by the IAC means that our vascular specialists have undergone a thorough review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts. Only those facilities found to provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards are granted this accreditation.
In 2016, the Clinical Cancer Center received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Accreditation at this level recognizes organizations that take a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer and offer, in addition to excellent clinical care, access to clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and comprehensive patient-centered services including psycho-social support, an individualized treatment navigation process and a survivorship care plan.
Since 2001, the Froedtert & the MCW Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program has been accredited by a national organization called the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). For patients, this measurement of quality and expertise provides the assurance that they are receiving high-quality transplant care and offers a way for them to compare different programs. FACT-accredited facilities demonstrate the latest knowledge in the field, including stem cell transplant. They also meet strict government regulations, as well as rigorous standards defined by leading experts in the field.
All three hospitals in the Froedtert & the MCW Cancer Network are accredited by the American College of Radiology–American Society for Radiation Oncology (ACR-ASTRO) — representing the highest level of quality and patient safety. The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Only 10 percent of the nation’s radiation oncology practices achieve this distinction.
Froedtert Hospital has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. To achieve voluntary NAPRC accreditation, a rectal center demonstrates compliance with NAPRC standards for management, clinical services and quality improvement. It must also have a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team: surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists. In addition, the program meets certain standards addressing clinical services, including testing (carcinoembryonic antigen testing), MR and CT imaging for cancer staging, and ensuring patients start treatment within a defined timeframe.
Breast Center Accreditations
All Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hospitals have breast care centers accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation from the NAPBC involves an extensive review of performance, including on-site review, to confirm compliance with NAPBC standards for quality care. The Breast Care Center at Froedtert Hospital has earned an additional distinction as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiologists based on the comprehensive imaging services it provides. (See the radiology accreditations that follow.)
Transplant Center Accreditation
The Froedtert & MCW adult kidney, liver and heart transplant programs are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Sleep Center Distinctions
The Sleep Disorders Program is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which has also accredited it as a Home Sleep Testing Center. Accreditation is granted to centers that demonstrate adherence to the rigorous requirements of the AASM, considered the gold standard for patient care in sleep medicine. Additional standards must be met to be certified as a home sleep testing center.
Rehabilitation Program Accreditations
Froedtert Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation programs earned accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our accredited programs include General Rehabilitation, Brian Injury Specialty Program, Spinal Cord Injury Specialty Program and Stroke Specialty Program.
Bariatric Surgery Distinction
Our Medical Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery Program is designated as an ACS-MBSA QIP Comprehensive Center With Adolescent Qualifications by the American College of Surgeons, the highest accreditation level available to bariatric surgery facilities.
Additionally, the Bariatric Surgery Program at Froedtert Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Recognized centers meet nationally established, quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety, outcomes and, in the case of Blue Distinction Centers+, also met cost of care criteria.
Froedtert Hospital was the first organization in the Midwest and eighth in the United States to be recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE). Additionally, Froedtert Hospital has been accredited by the ACR in all categories of imaging certification, evidence of its high standards of care. Froedtert has achieved accreditation in the following areas:
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- General ultrasound
- Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, including:
- Breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
Other accreditations in radiology include:
- Vascular ultrasound, by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL)
- Bone densitometry, by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD)
Since 1998, the laboratory at Froedtert Hospital has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists, recognition of the lab’s testing proficiency and dedication to the highest standard of excellence.