Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Only NJ and PA Hospital, and One of Only Eight in the Country, Recognized for Stroke Care

Joint Commission Seal(Trenton, Sept. 20, 2012) – Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell 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. Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell 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 stroke, heart attack, heart failure, surgical care. Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell was the only New Jersey and Pennsylvania hospital, and one of only eight in the country, to have achieved recognition for excellence in stroke care.

“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 are pleased that our stroke program achieved the highest level of recognition for quality and was one of only eight in the country to do so,” said Al Maghazehe, president and chief executive officer of Capital Health. “We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why Capital Health has made a commitment to Joint Commission accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes and we are  proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.” 

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell 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. The medical center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: stroke, heart attack, heart failure, 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.

“Our ongoing commitment to stroke patients is clear,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, chairman for the Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences at Capital Health.  “This recognition coupled with our continued commitment to being on the forefront of new stroke treatments and our innovative programs, such as our neuro dedicated emergency department, are all part of our leadership in this area to the benefit of our patients.”

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 the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell 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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