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SAN DIEGO — Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns are among the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures recognized by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospitals, which operate under the same license and report quality data jointly, were recognized by The Joint Commission for their 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, stroke and venous thrombo embolism.
“Public quality reports and distinctions such as this Top Performers honor help people make more informed decisions about their health care,” said Trisha Khaleghi, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Mary Birch. “We’re pleased to be among the most elite hospitals in the nation for quality care.”
Sharp Memorial and Sharp Mary Birch are among 620 hospitals in the country earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The hospitals were recognized for achievement in heart attack, heart failure, 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.
Each of the hospitals that was 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 that 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. 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," 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 that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That's why we are committed to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures," said Tim Smith, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Memorial.
In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals' annual report, Sharp Memorial and Sharp Mary Birch will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website. The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.