Atlanta Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality
Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Atlanta Medical Center 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. Atlanta 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.
Atlanta Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Atlanta Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Atlanta Medical Center - the quality of their care,” says Bill Moore, President & CEO of Atlanta Medical Center. “That’s why Atlanta Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Atlanta Medical Center is proud to be on the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for the second consecutive year”.
This is the second year in a row that Atlanta Medical Center is being recognized as a Top Performer. Atlanta Medical Center is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row.
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. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. 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.
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Atlanta 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 November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.
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About Atlanta Medical Center
Atlanta Medical Center is a 460 bed full-service hospital and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the community and region. Atlanta Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center and is widely recognized for its women’s services program and for outstanding performance in the treatment of stroke patients. The hospital’s weight-loss program is a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. To learn more about Atlanta Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit www.atlantamedcenter.com.