Mercy Medical Center Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission
(Roseburg, OR, Dec. 2, 2013) – Mercy Medical Center was recently named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America . Mercy Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.
Mercy Medical Center is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Mercy Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets:
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Surgical Care.
The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.
Mercy Medical Center and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. 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 of care for children with asthma.
“Mercy Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Mercy Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why Mercy Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Mercy Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Kelly Morgan, President/CEO.
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Mercy Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.
For more information about this recognition, please contact Kathleen Nickel, director of Communications at 541-677-2423.
Mercy Receives Another Leapfrog “A” For Safety!
Mercy has received another “A” rating for the Fall 2013 Hospital Safety ScoreSM! Our “A” recognizes the investment and importance our hospital staff and community physicians and health partners place on patient safety.
The Hospital Safety Score was created with the advice of a Blue Ribbon Expert Panel of foremost patient safety experts from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and other leading academic centers, and is the only peer-reviewed hospital grading system in the United States. The scores are calculated using 26 process and outcome measures related to safety. The primary data sources include a Leapfrog Hospital Survey, CMS Hospital Compare and the AHA Annual Survey.
The specific indicators included:
• Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
• Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physician Staffing
• 8 National Quality Forum (NQF) Safe Practices
• Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures and outcomes
• Hospital Acquired Conditions
• Patient Safety Indicators
• Central Line-associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) outcomes
Learn more about The Leapfrog Group and Hospital Safety ScoreSM: (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org)