December 19, 2014


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 again recognized Sumner Regional Medical Center as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.”

Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia. SRMC is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction, including sister hospitals Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage and Livingston Regional Hospital in Livingston.


The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.


This is the second year SRMC has been recognized as a Top Performer. SRMC was recognized in 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.  SRMC is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.


To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:


  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

    "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 Sumner Regional Medical Center 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.


    "It is a very high priority for us at Sumner Regional to be continually improving patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes at Sumner Regional," said Susan Peach, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System.  "SRMC is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff in achieving positive outcomes for our patients."


    For more information about the Top Performer program, visit



    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




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