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Press Center » Recent News » 2012 » La Palma Ranked as "Top Performers" by The Joint Commission, Along with Other Prime Healthcare Hospitals

La Palma Ranked as "Top Performers" by The Joint Commission, Along with Other Prime Healthcare Hospitals

(La Palma, September 19, 2012) – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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. La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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.

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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. La Palma Intercommunity Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, 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 reporting data.

This is the second year in a row that La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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 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 La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is safe, effective care. That's why La Palma Intercommunity Hospital has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures," says Virg Narbutas, CEO of La Palma Intercommunity Hospital.

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospital" annual report, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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."

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