Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pekin Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Pekin 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.  Pekin Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Pekin Hospital is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for achieving and maintaining excellence in accountability measure performance.  Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.  This first recognition program is based on data reported for 2010.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance baselines.  First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients.  Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Pekin Hospital was recognized for achieving these thresholds for:  heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Pekin Hospital that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., President, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Pekin Hospital – safe, effective care.  That’s why Pekin Hospital has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  We’re very proud that we are the only hospital in the Pekin, Peoria, and Bloomington-Normal area to receive this honor,” says Kevin Andrews, Pekin Hospital CEO.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report (http://www.jointcommission.org/annualreport.aspx), Pekin Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

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