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Published on September 20, 2012

LMH Earns "Top Performer" Recognition from The Joint Commission

Gene Meyer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO

LMH is one of 620 hospitals in the United States, and one of eight in Kansas, earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) today was 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. LMH was recognized for its achievement in heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

LMH is one of 620 hospitals in the United States, and one of eight in Kansas, earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data in 2011.

Top-performing hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data are reported to The Joint Commission. This means that of all the opportunities to provide evidence-based practices, LMH did so for at least 95 percent of those opportunities. Examples of evidence-based practices are giving aspirin before and after arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics before surgery. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they report data.

LMH President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer said, “While being recognized by a respected national organization like The Joint Commission is significant, we believe the real winners are our patients. LMH is dedicated to improving patient care, and our commitment to quality and patient safety is evident in the work of our physicians and staff who make this happen every day.”

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