For the second year in a row, St. Mark’s Hospital is among the 1,224 hospitals nationwide on The Joint Commission’s new list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. It is one of only two in Utah recognized for exemplary performance in all four required accountability measures. Its medical staff achieved excellence in treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia as well as for surgery care.
“At St. Mark’s Hospital, we have made it a top priority to address patient safety and quality health care by improving upon our evidence-based processes,” said Steve Bateman, CEO at St. Mark’s Hospital. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer and thank our entire hospital staff for its knowledge, teamwork and dedication to improve St. Mark’s Hospital’s performance.”
St. Mark’s is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve this distinction for the past two consecutive years. For the past four years, The Joint Commission’s Top Performers program has recognized hospitals that meet 46 individual accountability measures of evidence-based care. Based on scientific evidence, these medical interventions improve care and help to ensure better outcomes for patients. Currently, the required core measures include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
“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 St. Mark’s 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.
In addition to St. Mark’s Hospital, five other MountainStar hospitals earned this national recognition by utilizing highly reliable interventions while delivering care that increases healthy outcomes for patients: Lakeview Hospital, Brigham City Community Hospital, Timpanogos Regional Hospital and Mountain View Hospital in Utah, as well as West Valley Medical Center in Idaho.
“This award recognizes the physicians and clinical teams at St. Mark’s Hospital and five other MountainStar hospitals who consistently utilize proven treatment processes to deliver exceptional patient care,” said Greg Angle, president, MountainStar Healthcare. “We appreciate their commitment to achieving clinical excellence. Our mutual goal is to provide care throughout Utah that is worthy of being included among the top U.S. hospitals.”
MountainStar hospitals in Utah, Idaho and Alaska are part of HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Nationwide, 85 percent of HCA hospitals – 115 nationwide – are on the Top Performers list, as compared to 36.9 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. MountainStar hospitals and the patients they care for benefit from HCA’s leadership when it comes to advancing best practices in medicine and improvements to patient care processes.
“We know our patients expect outstanding care and this level of recognition shows that we’re committed to meeting that expectation,” further noted Angle. “We increase our value to patients, their families and the communities we serve by delivering quality, safety and an exceptional healthcare experience.”
The Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® list is featured in The Joint Commission’s Annual Report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety. Out of more than 3,300 accredited U.S. hospitals that reported accountability measure data for 2013, 1,224 hospitals are Top Performer hospitals. More details, the complete list of recognized hospitals and the measure sets are available at www.jointcommission.org.
Effective January 2014, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide were required to submit data related to additional core measure sets, including children’s asthma, venous thromboembolism, stroke, inpatient psychiatric services, immunization and perinatal care. Performance outcomes related to that data will be reported in The Joint Commission’s annual report in 2015.