East Cooper Medical Center earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” recognition

  • Sunday, November 10, 2013

East Cooper Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. East Cooper 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. East Cooper Medical Center was specifically recognized for its achievement in attaining and sustaining excellence in 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.

East Cooper 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.

“East Cooper 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 East Cooper Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why East Cooper Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. East Cooper Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” says Jason Alexander, CEO.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, East Cooper 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.

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