SALEM — The Memorial Hospital of Salem County has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care.
Only 1,224, or approximately one-third, of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”
“This honor means that our community can turn to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Ryan Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, MHSC. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”
Top Performers are recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
MHSC was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said John Amrien, M.D., Chief of Staff, MHSC. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.