(Anaheim, September 19, 2012) – West Anaheim Medical Center today
was named one of the nation's
Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in America. West Anaheim Medical Center was recognized for exemplary performance
in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care
for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia,
surgical care, children's asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism,
as well as, inpatient psychiatric services.
West Anaheim Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning
the distinction of
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance,
out of 3,400 Joint Commission acredited hospitals. West Anaheim Medical
Center was 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 2011 calendar year. The list of
Top Performers represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals
This is the second year in a row that West Anaheim Medical Center is being
recognized as a
Top Performer. West Anaheim Medical Center is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved
the distinction two years in a row. Last year, West Anaheim Medical Center
was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on the following
measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability
measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent
or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability
measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including
measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each
hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability
measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any
measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. 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 for children with asthma.
"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools,
hospitals have responded with excellent results," says Mark R. Chassin,
M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "This
capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality
and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought
and achieved with regularity. Such a day-to-day progress will slowly but
surely transform today's health care system into one that achieves
unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients."
"We understand that what matters most to patients at West Anaheim
Medical Center is safe, effective care. That's why West Anaheim Medical
Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient
outcomes through evidence-based care processes. West Anaheim Medical Center
is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's
Top Performers on Key Quality Measures," says Virg Narbutas, CEO of West Anaheim Medical Center.
In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's
"Improving America's Hospital" annual report, West Anaheim 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 October issues of
The Joint Commission Perspectives and
The Joint Commission: The Source.
Eight Prime Healthcare hospitals were recognized today as "Top Performers
on Key Quality Measures" by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor
of health care organizations in the nation.
"This is a prestigious honor and yet another validation of how Prime
Healthcare's physician-driven and patient-focused system, which adheres
to proven clinical protocols, is the future of healthcare," said
Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare
Services. "This is well deserved recognition of the physicians, nurses
and staffs at these hospitals who maintain the highest standards of quality
care in the country."