Cary Medical Center was recently named a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Cary was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. These 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.
Cary is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the top performer distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measurement. Cary was recognized for achievement in measure sets for pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on an examination of accountability measure data reported to TJC 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. Cary was one of only six hospitals recognized in Maine.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Cary Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why Cary has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Cary Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission top performer on key quality measures and it is truly a tribute to our entire staff,” said Kris Doody, RN, MSB, chief executive officer at Cary.
To achieve the distinction, each hospital must achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and have at least one core measure that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that all applicable individual accountability measures must have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided evidence-based practices for 95 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.
“Cary Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and chief executive officer of 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 TJC’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Cary will be recognized on the agency’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.