St. John’s Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality
Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care
organizations in America. St. John’s was recognized by The Joint
Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical
processes that are shown to improve care. “Safe and effective care
is our top priority,” said St. John’s Medical Center CEO Lou
“We are pleased that the continuous efforts of hospital staff and
physicians to improve quality of care have resulted in this important
recognition by the nation’s premier health care accreditation organization.”
St. John’s Medical Center earned the distinction of Top Performer
on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability
measure performance for pneumonia, surgery and venous thromboembolism.
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 on Key Quality Measures, a hospital must:
- achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported
- achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability
measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases
- 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.
St. John’s Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have
demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they
should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D.,
FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint