October 31, 2013 – The Valley Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
Valley was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary clinical performance in the following areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
Valley is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. 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.
“We are proud to be named to the Joint Commission’s list of Top Performers,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “Our physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and excellent clinical care, and this recognition is a testament to that commitment.”
To be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures a hospital must have demonstrated a performance of 95 percent or higher on key accountability measures. 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, or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.
“The physicians and staff of The Valley Hospital 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.
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Valley 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.