Niceville, FL– Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital have been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America for the third year in a row. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.
“Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital, and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are two of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Twin Cities Hospital was recognized for its achievements in both Pneumonia and Surgical Care. This is the third year in a row that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are being recognized as a Top Performer in these categories, respectively. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.
“In our never ending drive to deliver high quality, safe, patient- and family-centric care, achieving this mark of distinction from The Joint Commission highlights the efforts every employee, physician and volunteer makes at our hospitals every day,” said David Whalen, Twin Cities Hospital CEO. “This is a salute to everyone involved in the provision of care at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital.”
Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must first achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures. Second, they must achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases. Third, they must have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan for children with asthma.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to focus on positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for the third consecutive year,” says Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center CEO.
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.