Ontario, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 – Eight Prime Healthcare hospitals
were recognized today as "Top Performers on Key Quality Measures"
by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in the nation.
The Prime Healthcare hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission
for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that
are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack,
heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke
and venous thrombo embolism as well as inpatient psychiatric services.
"This is a prestigious honor and yet another validation of how Prime
Healthcare's physician-driven and patient-focused system, which adheres
to proven clinical protocols, is the future of healthcare," said
Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare
Services. "This is well deserved recognition of the physicians, nurses
and staffs at these hospitals who maintain the highest standards of quality
care in the country."
Representing the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals,
the Prime Healthcare Services' hospitals included were Centinela Hospital
Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach
Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital,
Shasta Regional Medical Center and West Anaheim Medical and the non-profit
Prime Healthcare Foundation hospital Encino Hospital Medical Center.
"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools,
hospitals have responded with excellent results," said Mark R. Chassin,
M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., President of The Joint Commission. "This
capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality
and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought
and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but
surely transform today's health care system into one that achieves
unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients."
For 2012, 620 hospitals out of more than 3,400 accredited hospitals nationwide
reporting core measure performance data for 2011 were recognized as "Top
Performers." These hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds.
First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite
score that includes all the accountability measures for which data were
reported to The Joint Commission for calendar year 2011. Second, recognized
hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and
every accountability measure for which they reported data. A 95 percent
score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out
of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.
In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, these hospitals will recognized on The Joint Commission's
Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of
The Joint Commission Perspectives and
The Joint Commission: The Source.
Contact: Edward Barrera