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Published on November 14, 2014

Leading national agency recognizes UHS Hospitals as a 'Top Performer'

UHS Hospitals has been recognized as a 2013 "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®" by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

UHS Hospitals 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 in caring for patients with heart attacks, heart
failure and surgeries.

UHS Hospitals is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction, and one of only 712 hospitals to achieve Top Performer status for the past two consecutive years.

Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of the UHS healthcare system, said UHS Hospitals is proud to be named a Top Performer, as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of the entire hospital team.

“We understand that what matters most to our patients are the safety, quality and effectiveness of the care they receive," Mr. Salanger said.  "That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes."

Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, said:  "I commend the efforts of UHS Hospitals for its excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.  Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality healthcare.

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.

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;

• 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.