University Healthcare Jefferson Medical Center earns "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™" R
11/01/2013 - University Healthcare
RANSON - University Healthcare Jefferson Medical Center was named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2012 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.
Jefferson Medical Center was cited by the Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. Jefferson Medical Center was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance on the Pneumonia and Surgical Care measure sets.
“At Jefferson Medical Center, quality is not a goal it is an expectation. It is not one person, but a team that ensures we provide evidence-based quality of care to each and every patient. Our team celebrates the recognition and is proud to offer exceptional care to our community,” stated Jessica Buck, CPHM, quality and transition care manager.
As a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Jefferson Medical Center is one of 1099 hospitals in the United States and represents the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability measure performance data for 2012. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
To be recognized as a top performer, a hospital must meet or exceed 95 percent performance thresholds for its composite performance on all reported accountability measures, as well as its performance on every single accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission.
Examples of core accountability measures for surgical care include but are not limited to "preventive antibiotic started 1 hour prior to incision," and "treatment preventing blood clots received." Core accountability measures for pneumonia include but are not limited to "antibiotic timing within six hours of admission" and "pneumonia and influenza vaccination."
"Being named a Top Performer hospital demonstrates to the public our exceptional commitment to quality improvement at Jefferson Medical Center," stated Christina DeRosa, PhD, president and chief operating officer. "We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care and better health outcomes. We are proud of our entire JMC health care team and proud to be among The Joint Commission's top performers."
Jefferson Medical Center will be recognized in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report as well as on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). Note that Jefferson Medical Center is listed as The Charles Town General Hospital, which is the hospital’s legal name.