Bethesda, Md., (Nov. 13, 2014) – Suburban Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Suburban Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 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. Suburban Hospital is one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.
“Our community rightfully expects they will receive health care that is of the highest quality and safe at their hospital,” said Gene E. Green, M.D., president of Suburban Hospital. “I am immensely gratified that this recognition by the Joint Commission confirms we are doing exactly that though our use of innovative and evidence-based processes to produce positive patient outcomes. We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the commitment of our entire hospital staff to obtaining these goals.”
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, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
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. I commend the efforts of Suburban Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. The hospital is a regional trauma center with centers of excellence in cardiovascular care, stroke and neurosciences, orthopedics and oncology. Suburban Hospital’s unique affiliation with the National Institutes of Health, located across the street from the hospital, has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke, heart attack and other clinical conditions.