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La Palma Intercommunity Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

HMG-CN Health Wire

(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 immunizations.

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 accountability measures;

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.