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Published on November 13, 2014

Mercy Health System Hospitals Receive Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

keyCONSHOHOCKEN, PA (November 12, 2014) - Mercy Health System (MHS) of Southeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that all of its hospitals have been recognized as 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Nazareth Hospital, Mercy Suburban Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald* Hospital are a select few of the 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the Top Performer distinction for meeting performance excellence standards on specific accountability measures. *The Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital designation is reflective of performance data from both Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

“The recognition as a Joint Commission Top Performer validates the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire Mercy Health System hospital staff,” said Neil Whitaker, MD, MHS Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “At Mercy, our commitment to high quality care and patient safety drives us to continuously improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are honored to continue to serve the people in our communities with high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare.”

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.

  • Nazareth 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. This is the second straight year Nazareth Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Nazareth was recognized in 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. Nazareth Hospital is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.
  • Mercy 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 Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
  • Mercy Fitzgerald** Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” **This recognition is reflective of data from both Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care and Stroke.

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 the Mercy Health System hospitals for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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