October 31, 2013

SUMNER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER EARNS “TOP PERFORMER ON KEY QUALITY MEASURES®” RECOGNITION FROM THE JOINT COMMISION

HighPoint Health System CEO Susan Peach, RN, BSN, MBA, today announced that The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, has recognized Sumner Regional Medical Center as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.”


Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.


SRMC is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.
SRMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.


“I couldn’t be more proud of our physicians and clinical staff for working so diligently to provide the safest, highest quality care to patients in these four areas of recognition,” said Peach.  “It takes an entire organization focused on performing at a high level on a daily basis to achieve this kind of recognition.  I hope our community will be proud that Sumner Regional Medical Center is focused on the goal of continuously raising our quality and safety to higher levels.”


The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.


SRMC and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) 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 to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.


“Sumner Regional 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 Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”


In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, SRMC will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

 

 

About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

 

 

About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System. The hospital offers a full range of emergency, diagnostic, surgical, women's, pediatric and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.

 

 

 

>> Return to News Releases

Marketing and Public Relations
555 Hartsville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

(615) 328-5165