UC Health Hospitals Earn Recognition From The Joint Commission

CINCINNATI, OH (Nov. 17, 2015)—Two UC Health hospitals have received 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition from The Joint Commission, an accreditor of U.S. health care programs.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital are among the 1,043 hospitals—out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States—to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

Both UC Health hospitals were recognized in the Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“Patients expect their care to be delivered at the highest levels of quality and safety,” said Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH, president and CEO of UC Health. “That’s why we have made it a top priority to improve our patients’ outcomes through carefully designed care processes.

“We’re proud to have two UC Health hospitals named to the Top Performer program, as it further motivates us to continuously improve our ability to provide safe, effective and efficient care to our patients.”

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. Performance measures in the recognition program include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:
• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
• Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“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 University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark Chassin, MD, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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About UC Health
UC Health, the University of Cincinnati’s affiliated health system, includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked among the top 25 percent of institutions according to UHC’s 2015 Quality and Accountability Study; West Chester Hospital, recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long-term acute care; University of Cincinnati Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest multi-specialty practice group with more than 700 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center; and several institutes focusing on the areas of cancer, cardiovascular and lung disease, the neurosciences and diabetes. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.

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