Southern Hills Hospital and MountainView Hospital Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

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Sunrise Health System’s MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital were named two of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Both hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, such as, but not limited to, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Southern Hills has achieved Top Performer designation for three consecutive years. Of the 1,099 Top Performers hospitals, 182 have achieved this status for the past three years in a row.

“I’m extremely proud that Southern Hills Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation for three consecutive years, making it the only hospital in southern Nevada to earn this distinction,” said Kimball Anderson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Southern Hills Hospital. “Delivering the highest quality patient care and consistently focusing on patient safety are the priorities of our hospital. Our physicians and staff are trained to always elevate our patient experience each time, every time and this honor was achieved as a team.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at MountainView is safe, effective care. That’s why MountainView has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. MountainView is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ,” said Chris Mowan, CEO, MountainView Hospital.

MountainView and Southern Hills are two 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. Southern Hills and MountainView Hospitals were recognized for its 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 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.

MountainView, Southern Hills 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. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“Southern Hills Hospital and MountainView Hospital 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 CEO, 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.” 

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, MountainView and Southern Hills Hospitals 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.

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