VEP Healthcare Congratulates Partner Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on Earning Joint Commission Sepsis Certification

VEP Healthcare congratulates its partner Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) of Santa Clara, California, on earning Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission.

SCVMC delivers a full range of healthcare services and is recognized as a center of excellence for the following specialties: burns, diabetes, trauma, childrens health, rehabilitation, and womens care. The hospital is dedicated to the health of the whole community and has delivered high quality, compassionate, and safe care for residents of Santa Clara County for more than 140 years. SCVMCs multidisciplinary Sepsis Program team educates providers and staff and develops tools to promote the early detection and treatment of sepsis throughout the hospital. VEP Healthcare providers support the diagnosis and treatment of patients in SCVMCs emergency department (ED).

VEP serves more than 30 hospitals nationwide and has an excellent track record of increasing both patient satisfaction and quality metrics. For SCVMC, VEP has implemented proven programs to optimize the quality and value of care, including RPM (Rapid Patient Management„¢) that helps emergency departments provide comprehensive care as quickly as possible.

Now, certification by The Joint Commission signifies that SCVMC, and the VEP Healthcare providers based at the SCVMC ED, adhere to rigorous guidelines for sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Sepsis is the bodys life-threatening response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1.5 million people in the US get sepsis each year. More than a quarter million die. And about one in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the most expensive disease to treat in the hospital, costing approximately $17 billion dollars annually. To reduce the risk of sepsis, healthcare facilities and professionals follow rigorous guidelines for diagnosing and managing the condition. Early detection and appropriate treatment of sepsis can decrease mortality, improve patient outcomes, and decrease the length of stay in hospitals.


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SCVMC, along with our partner VEP Healthcare, is committed to reducing the risk of sepsis, states Paul E. Lorenz, Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Our goal is to prevent infection in our hospital and throughout our community.

Adds Steven Maron, MD, President and CEO of VEP Healthcare, Joint Commission certification validates our shared efforts to eradicate sepsis at SCVMC and at all our partner hospitals.

Founded in 1981, VEP is one of Americas largest and most experienced provider-owned emergency medicine groups. VEPs physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and corporate staff are also the sole owners of the company. This democratic structure helps the company maintain the fiscal health of its emergency departments while always keeping the focus on quality care for patients.

For more information, contact VEP Healthcare. Call 925.225.5837 and visit VEP online at

About Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a comprehensive acute care public hospital system and Level 1 Trauma Center located in San Jose, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. Along with its nationally recognized and accredited Rehabilitation Center, Burn Center, and Trauma Center, SCVMC offers a wide range of other specialized services plus a large network of primary care clinics to provide high-quality, compassionate care to all patients and their families. Please visit for more information.

About VEP Healthcare

VEP Healthcare began providing emergency medical management services in 1981. In the years since, the organizations expertise has expanded into hospitalist services, intensive care, clinical decision units, telehealth, and surgicalist services. Today, the owners of VEP “ the companys physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and corporate personnel “ deliver clinical staffing and management services to major urban, smaller community, and rural hospitals nationwide. Partner hospitals call the organizations positive impact on quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction the VEP Effect. For more information about VEP Healthcare, call 925.225.5837, or visit

About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organizations commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For more information, visit

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