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Joint Commission names top performing hospitals

In its 2011 annual report on quality and safety released Wednesday, The Joint Commission named the 405 best performing hospitals in the United States.

For the first time, the report “Improving America’s Hospitals” lists hospitals and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

[See also: Joint Commission report shows gains in safety, quality]

The 405 organizations identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010) represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.

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Based on performance related to 22 accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma care, The Joint Commission report singles out hospitals in 45 states.

"Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, president of The Joint Commission, in a statement. "Hospitals that commit themselves to accreditation-related quality improvement efforts such as the use of evidence-based treatments create better outcomes for patients and, ultimately, a healthier nation."

The Joint Commission’s sixth annual report, which presents scientific evidence of hospital performance and how it relates to common medical conditions and procedures, demonstrates continual improvement on accountability measures over a nine-year period. The newest data, drawn from more than 3,000 accredited hospitals, show:

[See also: Joint Commission says healthcare leaders must take responsibility for medical errors]

• Significant progress in consistently using evidence-based treatments. In 2002, hospitals achieved 81.8 percent composite performance on 957,000 opportunities to perform care processes related to accountability measures. In 2010, hospitals achieved 96.6 percent composite performance on 12.3 million opportunities – a nine-year improvement of 14.8 percentage points. A composite result sums up the results of all individual accountability measures into a single percentage result and can be calculated at the measure set level or over all reported accountability measures.
• The heart attack care result is up 11.5 percent, from 86.9 percent in 2002 to 98.4 percent in 2010.
• The 2010 pneumonia care result is 95.2 percent, up from 72.3 percent in 2002 – an improvement of 22.9 percentage points.
• The surgical care result has improved to 96.4 percent in 2010 from 82.1 percent in 2005 (14.3 percentage points).
• The 2010 children’s asthma care result is 92.3 percent, up from 79.8 in 2008 – an improvement of 12.5 percentage points.
• The percentage of hospitals achieving composite accountability measures greater than 90 percent has also dramatically improved. In 2010, 91.7 percent of hospitals achieved 90 percent compliance, compared to 20.4 percent in 2002.

Although hospitals achieved 90 percent or better performance on most individual process of care measures, the report contends that more improvement is needed. For example, hospitals finished 2010 with relatively low performance on the following two measures introduced in 2005:

• Providing fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes of arrival to heart attack patients – only 60.5 percent of hospitals achieved 90 percent compliance or better.
• Providing antibiotics to immunocompetent intensive care unit pneumonia patients – only 77.2 percent of hospitals achieved 90 percent compliance or better.

"While the data across the annual report show impressive gains in hospital quality performance on many specific measures, further improvements can still be made," said Chassin. "By following evidence-based care processes, hospitals can improve the quality of the care they provide and meet national mandates regarding performance. The Joint Commission will continue to seek new methods to inspire and assist hospitals to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value."


Hospitals By State

Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Flowers Hospital
Medical Center Enterprise
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
DeKalb Regional Medical Center
Greenville Hospital Corporation
Walker Baptist Medical Center
Russellville Hospital
Helen Keller Hospital
Citizens Baptist Medical Center

Central Peninsula Hospital

Chandler Regional Medical Center
Payson Regional Medical Center
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix VA Health Care System

Washington Regional Medical Center
Helena Regional Medical Center
Arkansas Heart Hospital
UAMS Medical Center
Arkansas Surgical Hospital, LLC
Jefferson Hospital Association, Inc.
Summit Medical Center

West Anaheim Medical Center
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Hospital of Barstow, Inc.
Eden Medical Center
Encino Hospital Medical Center
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - South Bay
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Hayward/Fremont Medical Center
The Huntington Beach Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital - La Jolla
La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Sutter Central Valley Hospitals
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Modesto/Manteca
Montclair Hospital Medical Center
Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley LLC
Alameda County Medical Center
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Panorama City Medical Center
Petaluma Valley Hospital
Prime Healthcare Services - Shasta, LLC
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Sacramento/Roseville
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
VA San Diego Healthcare System
San Dimas Community Hospital
California Pacific Medical Center - St. Luke's
Good Samaritan Hospital LP
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center
Saint John's Health Center
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - South San Francisco
Banner Lassen Medical Center
Sutter Central Valley Hospitals
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Woodland Hills

Platte Valley Medical Center
Rose Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Avista Adventist Hospital
North Suburban Medical Center

Griffin Hospital


JFK Medical Center Limited Partnership
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Bartow Regional Medical Center
West Boca Medical Center, Inc.
Brooksville & Spring Hill Regional Hospitals
Oak Hill Hospital
Coral Gables Hospital
Doctors Hospital
Pasco Regional Medical Center
Delray Medical Center, Inc.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Inc.
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
Lake City Medical Center
Largo Medical Center
Lehigh Regional Medical Center
Fishermen's Hospital
Northwest Medical Center
Kendall Regional Medical Center
South Miami Hospital
Santa Rosa Medical Center
Physicians Regional Healthcare System
Community Hospital
Twin Cities Hospital
Ocala Regional Medical Center
Raulerson Hospital
Orange Park Medical Center
Gulf Coast Medical Center
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
Memorial Hospital West
West Florida Regional Medical Center, Inc.
Plantation General Hospital
Westside Regional Medical Center
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
St. Lucie Medical Center
St. Cloud Regional Medical Center
Edward White Hospital
Central Florida Regional Hospital
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Sebastian River Medical Center
Highlands Regional Medical Center
Martin Memorial Medical Center, Inc.
South Bay Hospital
Capital Regional Medical Center
University Hospital Ltd.
Mariners Hospital
Venice HMA, Inc.
Columbia Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Atlanta Medical Center
Doctors Hospital of Augusta
Higgins General Hospital
Cartersville Medical Center
Polk Medical Center
Hughston Hospital
VA Medical Center - Atlanta
Coliseum Northside Hospital
Walton Regional Medical Center
North Fulton Regional Medical Center, Inc.
East Georgia Regional Medical Center
Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica
Barrow Regional Medical Center

Boise VA Medical Center
St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center

Anna Hospital Corporation
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Children's Memorial Hospital
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health Care Centers
Galesburg Cottage Hospital
Delnor - Community Hospital
Granite City Illinois Hospital Company, LLC
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Condell Medical Center
James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Pekin Memorial Hospital
Red Bud Regional Hospital, LLC
Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus

Bluffton Regional Medical Center
Dupont Hospital
Lutheran Musculoskeletal Center
Dukes Memorial Hospital
Terre Haute Regional Hospital

Alegent Health Mercy Hospital
Keokuk Area Hospital


Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Saint Francis Health Center, Inc.
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center

St. Joseph Health System, Inc.
Greenview Regional Hospital
Frankfort Regional Medical Center
Hospital of Fulton, Inc.
Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital
Jackson Hospital Corporation
Spring View Hospital
Central Baptist Hospital
Hospital of Louisa, Inc.
Logan Memorial Hospital

Rapides Regional Medical Center
Lakeview Medical Center, LLC
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
Byrd Regional Hospital
Minden Medical Center
Dauterive Hospital Corporation
Ochsner Medical Center NorthShore, LLC
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Eastern Maine Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital
Henrietta D. Goodall Hospital

Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Inc.

Athol Memorial Hospital
Faulkner Hospital, Inc.
New England Baptist Hospital
Fairview Hospital
Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Corporation

MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin
Spectrum Health United Memorial
Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
Dickinson County Healthcare System
Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center
Aspirus Grand View
Bronson LakeView Hospital
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Ctr.
Oakwood Heritage Hospital
Oakwood Southshore Medical Center

Cambridge Medical Center
New Ulm Medical Center
Fairview Northland Health Services
Fairview Red Wing Medical Center

Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center
Biloxi Regional Medical Center
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Crossgates River Oaks Hospital
Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center
Bolivar Medical Center
Garden Park Medical Center
Wesley Health System, LLC
River Oaks Hospital
VA Medical Center - G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery
Woman's Hospital
Anderson Regional Medical Center South Campus
Natchez Community Hospital
River Region Medical Center

Research Belton Hospital
St. Mary's Health Center
SSM St. Joseph Hospital West
Lee's Summit Medical Center
Lafayette Regional Health Center
St. Francis Hospital and Health Services
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, LLC
Heartland Regional Medical Center


Columbus Community Hospital, Inc.
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center
Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
Regional West Medical Center

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital
Southern Hills Medical Center, LLC Sunrise MountainView Hospital
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

New Hampshire
Parkland Medical Center
The Cheshire Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital
Portsmouth Regional Hospital

New Jersey
Clara Maass Medical Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Bayshore Community Hospital
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Warren Hospital
Princeton HealthCare System
Riverview Medical Center
Shore Memorial Hospital
Holy Name Medical Center
Community Medical Center

New Mexico
Lovelace Westside Hospital
Carlsbad Medical Center

New York
VA Healthcare Network Upstate New York at Bath
Southside Hospital
North Shore University Hospital
Nyack Hospital
Plainview Hospital
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
St. Charles Hospital
Bon Secours Community Hospital

North Carolina
Roanoke-Chowan Hospital
Transylvania Regional Hospital
Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy & Carolinas Medical Center - Pineville
VA Medical Center
Gaston Memorial Hospital
Sandhills Regional Medical Center
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
The Outer Banks Hospital
Rowan Regional Medical Center
Davis Regional Medical Center
Heritage Hospital
Thomasville Medical Center
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Medical Park Hospital

Mercy Franciscan Hospital - Mt. Airy
Doctors Hospital
Riverside Methodist Hospital
University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center
Grady Memorial Hospital
Dublin Methodist Hospital
Euclid Hospital
University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center
The Fort Hamilton Hospital
Lakewood Hospital Association
Marion General Hospital, Inc.
Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
Allen Medical Center
Mercy Willard Hospital
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INTEGRIS Blackwell Regional Hospital
Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center
Ponca City Medical Center
SouthCrest Hospital

Willamette Valley Medical Center
McKenzie-Willamette Regional Medical Center Associates, LLC


CH Hospital of Allentown, LLC
Lehigh Valley Hospital
VA Medical Center - James E. Van Zandt
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Holy Spirit Hospital
Carlisle HMA, LLC
Erie VA Medical Center
UPMC Bedford Memorial
Gettysburg Hospital
UPMC Horizon
Lancaster Regional Medical Center
Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center
UPMC McKeesport
Riddle Memorial Hospital
Mercy Suburban Hospital
Chestnut Hill Hospital
UPMC St. Margaret
Grand View Hospital
Jennersville Regional Hospital
Lankenau Hospital

South Carolina
AnMed Health Medical Center
Marlboro Park Hospital
Trident Health System
Chester Regional Medical Center
Moncrief Army Community Hospital
Palmetto Health Baptist
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
Springs Memorial Hospital
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, LLC
Colleton Medical Center

South Dakota
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota

Parkridge Medical Center, Inc.
Dyersburg Hospital Corporation
Takoma Regional Hospital
Roane Medical Center
Summit Medical Center
Grandview Medical Center
Jefferson Memorial Hospital
Franklin Woods Community Hospital
Indian Path Medical Centering America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2011
Henderson County Community Hospital
Martin Hospital Corporation
McKenzie Tennessee Hospital Company, LLC
VA Medical Center - James H. Quillen
Baptist Hospital of Cocke County
Heritage Medical Center
StoneCrest Medical Center
Methodist Healthcare-Fayette Hospital
NorthCrest Medical Center
Harton Regional Medical Center
Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union City

Big Bend Regional Medical Center Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Seton Southwest Hospital St. David's North Austin Medical Center Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Baylor Heart and Vascular Center, LLP
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Memorial Hospital
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
Baylor Medical Center at Garland
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Texas Orthopedic Hospital Ltd.
The Woman's Hospital of Texas
West Houston Medical Center
Huntsville Memorial Hospital
Las Colinas Medical Center
South Texas Regional Medical Center
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Woodland Heights Medical Center
Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital
Medical Center of McKinney
Dallas Regional Medical Center
Parkview Regional Hospital
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano
Texas Heart Hospital of the Southwest
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
Lake Pointe Medical Center
San Angelo Community Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital
Mainland Medical Center*
Weatherford Regional Medical Center


Mountain View Hospital

Northwestern Medical Center, Inc.

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
Augusta Health
Twin County Regional Hospital
Sentara CarePlex Hospital
John Randolph Medical Center
Russell County Medical Center
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Pulaski Community Hospital
CJW Medical Center
LewisGale Medical Center, LLC
Sentara Bayside Hospital

Providence Centralia Hospital
Valley Hospital and Medical Center
Toppenish Community Hospital
Walla Walla General Hospital
Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center Yakima

West Virginia
United Hospital Center
Fairmont General Hospital, Inc.
Williamson Memorial Hospital

Langlade Hospital
Aurora Health Care Southern Lakes, Inc.
Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire Hospital, Inc.
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Good Samaritan Health Center of Merrill, Wisconsin, Inc.
River Falls Area Hospital
Aurora Health Care Central, Inc.

Platte County Memorial Hospital

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