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Published on December 16, 2013

The Joint Commission awards LMH Top Performer recognition for second year

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 exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

LMH is one of 1,099 hospitals in the United States earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. LMH was recognized for its achievement for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care. LMH also was recognized as a Top Performer for 2011 for these three measure sets.

Top Performer hospitals met three 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. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they report data. And third, recognized hospitals 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. Examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

LMH President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer said, “We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why LMH has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”

Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, said “Lawrence Memorial Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and they should be proud of their achievements.”

The list of Top Performers represents 33 percent of 3,343 eligible hospitals submitting accountability measure data in 2012.

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