(Media, PA) – Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, was today named among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Riddle Hospital is 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 thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. Also named to the list was Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health.
Riddle Hospital is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance and is recognized for achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.
“We understand that what matters most to our patients and our community is safe, effective care, and this significant recognition reinforces our commitment to excellence,” says Gary Perecko, president of Riddle Hospital. “I am incredibly proud of the entire Riddle staff for working together to ensure our community has access to superior patient care.”
The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of the more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data. This is the second year in a row that Riddle Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. Riddle is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row, placing the hospital among only 7% of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals who are “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” for 2011 and 2012.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, 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.”
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Riddle Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.
Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital for 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, HealthGrades, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care ratings organizations for its high quality patient care. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care--aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. The emergency department provides 24-hour care. Health Center 4, a LEED Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, a variety of outpatient programs and a new state of the art surgical center. For more information about Riddle Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/riddle.
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