Sharp Hospitals Earn Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition From The Joint Commission

 Sharp Hospitals Named Top Performer

Sharp HealthCare announced that Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital/Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns were named among the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

These Sharp HealthCare hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

Out of the 3,343 eligible hospitals submitting accountability measure data to The Joint Commission, Sharp Coronado, Sharp Grossmont and Sharp Memorial/Sharp Mary Birch were among 1,099 to meet or exceed the target rates of performance for 2012. The hospitals were recognized for achievement on the following measure sets: Sharp Coronado was recognized for Surgical Care; Sharp Grossmont and Sharp Memorial/Sharp Mary Birch were recognized for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The ratings were based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all The Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Sharp Coronado, Sharp Grossmont, Sharp Memorial/Sharp Mary Birch and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must:

  1. Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 
  2. Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 
  3. Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

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 — examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

"Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital/Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement," says Dr. Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. "We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients."

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, the Sharp HealthCare hospitals will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (

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