Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Vice President, External & Government Relations
Baptist Health System
Birmingham, Ala --- Three Baptist Health System hospitals have been recognized as Top Performers in The Joint Commission's Top Performer on Key Quality MeasuresTM program for the second consecutive year.
Princeton, Walker and Citizens Baptist Medical Centers were recognized by The Joint Commission for achieving excellence in performance on their accountability measures during 2011.
"This distinction demonstrates that Princeton, Walker and Citizens Baptist Medical Centers have attained and sustained nationally recognized levels of excellence in providing evidence-based patient care in the clinical areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Princeton and Walker Baptist Medical Centers also received this distinction for their demonstrated quality in the care of patients with heart attack," said Dr. Elizabeth Ennis, BHS Chief Medical Officer.
The Top Performer ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.
This is the second year in a row that Princeton, Walker and Citizens Baptist are being recognized as Top Performers. Only 244 hospitals in the U.S. have achieved this distinction. Last year, the hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for their achievements in the same clinical areas.
"We are grateful to receive this recognition by The Joint Commission for the second consecutive year," said Dr. Elizabeth Ennis, BHS chief medical officer. "It is a tangible acknowledgement of the excellent collaboration among the entire health care team and their commitment to quality patient care. "
Each hospital 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. This included 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.
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.
"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results," said Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president of 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 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 what matters most to patients at our hospitals --- safe, effective care. That's why Baptist Health System has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," said Dr. Ennis. "We are proud to have these Baptist Health System hospitals named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.
As Top Performers, Princeton, Walker and Citizens Baptist Medical Centers were included in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report and will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check web site (www.qualitycheck.org).
About Baptist Health System - Baptist Health System, Inc. is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.
About The Joint Commission -- Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.