(LA PALMA, NOVEMBER 13, 2014) – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key
Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor
of health care organizations in the United States. La Palma Intercommunity
Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2014 annual
report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,"
for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance
for heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care. La Palma Intercommunity
Hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the
2013 Top Performer distinction.
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance
on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes
for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure,
pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism
and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and
This is the fourth year La Palma Intercommunity Hospital has been recognized
as a Top Performer. The hospital was recognized in 2010, 2011, and 2012
for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart
failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
is one of only of 147 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction
for the past four consecutive years.
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria
based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
- Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported
- Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported
accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
- Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent
or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability
measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
"Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time
is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of
La Palma Intercommunity Hospital for their excellent performance on the
use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D.,
FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
"We understand what matters most to patients at La Palma Intercommunity
Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why
we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through
evidence-based care processes," said Virg Narbutas, CEO of La Palma
Intercommunity Hospital, "La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is proud
to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and
dedication of our entire hospital staff."
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit: http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.