HELENA – VA officials at Fort Harrison announced Wednesday that the facility had been awarded three stars for quality on an internal rating system.

The VA’s Strategic Analytics and Improved Learning (SAIL) Value Model assesses VA facilities in 25 different areas such as death rates, patient satisfaction and physician capacity.

A January report had given the facility just one star, out of a possible five.

In a news release, VA Montana Chief of Staff, Dr. William Campbell said it’s unusual for a facility to see this kind of improvement over nine months.

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“The credit belongs to all our employees, who have worked diligently to improve key aspects of our healthcare system in the interest of providing world-class health care to our Veterans,” Campbell said.

He credited the work of employees in several key areas including the implementation of several major national mental health initiatives.

According to the SAIL report the VA experienced saw dramatic improvement in five key areas that led to the new rating:

  • Mental Health Continuity of Care
  • Healthcare Associated Infections
  • In-Hospital Complications
  • Utilization Management Admissions and Continued Stays
  • Overall Rating of Hospital (Inpatient Survey)