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CRMC Earns "Top Performer" Recognition from Joint Commission

November 18, 2013

Coffee Regional Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. For the second year in a row, Coffee Regional Medical Center was 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 failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Coffee Regional is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. (35 in the state of Georgia) earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Coffee Regional was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets:Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. 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 Performers increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance date for 2012.

Coffee Regional and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. . 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 aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

“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 Coffee Regional is safe, effective care. That’s why Coffee Regional has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Coffee Regional is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says CRMC President/CEO, George L Heck, III.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Coffee Regional Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).  The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.