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Main Line Health Hospitals Recognized as Top Performers in the United States by The Joint Commission

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nation’s premier accrediting organization identifies Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Riddle Hospital as achieving excellence in quality performance data.

(Radnor, PA, September 14) –Three Main Line Health hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Riddle Hospital— today were named among the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

“This recognition reaffirms the tremendous strides our physicians, nurses and other caregivers continue to make in delivering quality healthcare and in keeping our patients safe,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO of Main Line Health. “Our patients should know that they are receiving world-class care right here in their own communities.”

Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr and Riddle Hospitals are three of only 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of top performers on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in clinical quality performance. Inclusion on the list is based on the collection of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data reported for 2010.  

Based on performance related to 22 measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma, The Joint Commission report singled out hospitals in 45 states. Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Riddle Hospital were recognized for achieving these thresholds for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals, such as Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr and Riddle Hospitals, that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

Earlier this year, Main Line Health’s Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading, independent provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Lankenau, Bryn Mawr and Riddle will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20% of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

Bridget Therriault
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