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Eight Intermountain Hospitals Honored by the Joint Commission for Delivering Evidence-Based Care

11/4/2013

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the nation, has named eight Intermountain Healthcare hospitals as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for patients. 


The honored hospital include Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Alta View Hospital in Sandy, TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, Riverton Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital, Logan Regional Hospital, McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, and Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City. 

The hospitals are recognized for their expertise in care processes to treat heart attacks, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, inpatient psychiatric services, and immunization for pneumonia and influenza. 

Selection for the awards is based on a review of the data accredited hospitals reported to the Joint Commission during 2012, which show how well the hospitals meet the organization’s care standards. To meet those standards, the winning hospitals have: 

1. Achieved cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures 
2. Achieved performance of 95 percent or above on every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases 
3. Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above (and have a performance rate of 95 percent or above on allrelated individual accountability measures) 

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, such as giving aspirin to heart attack patients as soon as they arrive in the emergency department, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma. 

“All the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark Chassin, MD, MPH, the Joint Commission’s CEO. “This truly shows we’re approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.” 

1,099 of the nation’s hospitals were honored this year as Top Performers — which includes 33 percent of the accredited hospitals that report their performance data to the Joint Commission. 

“The Top Performers award measures how well we follow the best-practice standards recommended by the Joint Commission — and it says we’re very effective in using them,” says Lisa Graydon, RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer for Intermountain’s Urban Central Region hospitals. “The award is very objective; it’s based entirely on the data we turn into the Joint Commission that show the specific percentage of our adherence to their standards of care.”
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