Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. Hospitals receiving this distinction have exceled in implementing clinical processes that have shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations. SVRMC has been specifically recognized for the excellent care we provided in the areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the secondtime SVRMC hasearned the designation.
Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”
“This honor means that our community can turn toSVRMC with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Joseph D. Wilkins, SVRMC’s InterimChief Executive Officer. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”
Top Performersare recognized each year 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, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
SVRMCis one of just 712hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for twoconsecutive years. It was recognized in 2012for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Rakesh Sood, MD, SVRMC’s Chief of Staff. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”
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.
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”
For more information about the Top Performers program, please visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.