Four HealthONE Hospitals Earn 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Recognition from the Joint Commission

DENVER – September 19, 2012– HealthONE announces today that North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), Rose Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center were named as four of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The four HealthONE hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission based on reported data about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, surgical care and pneumonia.

North Suburban, P/SL, Rose, and Sky Ridge Medical Center are four of over 600 U.S. hospitals and only eight hospitals in Colorado earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining 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 year’s first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2011.

“Patients are our number one priority and every day, at every HealthONE facility, we focus on providing safe, positive outcomes, said Lindy Garvin, Vice President of Quality for HealthONE. “We are continually measuring and evaluating clinical programs and technologies to ensure we provide our patients with the best healthcare possible—from communication and training programs, to operating room briefings, to rapid response programs. We are humbled to receive the recognition honoring four HealthONE hospitals on the Joint Commission’s exclusive list.”

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, North Suburban, P/SL, Rose and Sky Ridge met specific 95 percent performance thresholds on data reported to The Joint Commission. This means that when opportunities arise to provide evidence-based practices, the hospitals did so for at least 95 percent of the time. Examples of evidence-based practices include giving aspirin before and after the arrival of heart attack patients and giving antibiotics before surgery.

Each of the four HealthONE hospitals was recognized for achieving three quality measures. P/SL and Rose were recognized for achieving heart attack and heart failure. P/SL also achieved the honor for surgical care and Rose for pneumonia care. North Suburban and Sky Ridge were recognized for achieving three thresholds: heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

"The Joint Commission began releasing this information as a way to shine a light on and encourage excellence on accountability measures. The significant increase in the number of hospitals achieving Top Performers status demonstrates that these organizations are intently focused on delivering high-quality care within their communities," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "Making the Top Performers list is no easy feat. I salute these organizations for their hard work in attaining excellence. By consistently using evidence-based treatments, their patients are getting better hospital care."

This is the second year that North Suburban and Rose have been honored as Top Performers by The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, the HealthONE hospitals will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).