The Joint Commission recently named Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) for the second year in a row as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures for Surgical and Pneumonia Care. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
CPH is the only hospital in Alaska to earn this recognition and is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. 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 (2011 data).
This is the second year in a row that CPH is being recognized as a Top Performer. “This is a proud accomplishment for the whole hospital to have achieved this two years in a row especially in light that no hospital in Alaska has ever achieved this level makes it even more outstanding,” said CPH chief executive officer Rick Davis in an interview. CPH is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved this distinction two years in a row. 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. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and performing blood cultures and selecting the correct antibiotic for pneumonia care.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Central Peninsula Hospital is safe, effective care. That’s why CPH has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Central Peninsula Hospital is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures and we fully intend on going for it again next year,” said Davis.