Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Community earns 'Top Performer' status from leading national accreditor

Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital have been recognized as 2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Clovis Community and Fresno Heart & Surgical are two of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

Both Community acute-care hospitals were 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. 

Clovis Community was recognize for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Fresno Heart & Surgical was recognized for heart attack and surgical care.

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.
     


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.

“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 Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital 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.

“We continually look for ways to improve the safety and quality of care for our patients,” said Thomas Utecht, M.D., Community’s senior vice president, chief medical and quality officer. “We have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named Top Performer and have our staff and caregivers recognized for their dedication and delivery of high quality care.” 

Mary Lisa Russell reported this story. Reach her at MedWatchToday@communitymedical.com.