The following is a news release from Topeka's St. Francis Health Center:
St. Francis Health Center was named Wednesday as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. St. Francis Health Center was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.
St. Francis is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.
To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.
St. Francis was recognized for achieving these thresholds for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care improvement project.
“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 such as St. Francis Health Center that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at St. Francis—safe, high quality and effective care. That’s why St. Francis has made a commitment to accreditation and achieving positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. St. Francis is extremely proud and honored to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. We are one of three health care organizations in Kansas and the only one in Topeka to be named,” says Scott Wells, St. Francis Health Center vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report (www.jointcommission.org/annualreport), St. Francis Health Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).