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.
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