Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell & Capital Health Regional Medical Center Both Named Joint Commission 2012 Top Performing Hospitals

Regional Medical Center is Highest Level Stroke Center on List

(TRENTON, NJ, Oct. 30, 2013) – Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell and Capital Health Regional Medical Center were today named two of the nation’s 2012Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Capital Health was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, surgical care and stroke.

In the area of stroke, Capital Health Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the nation both recognized as a 2012 Top Performer in stroke, and certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. Comprehensive Stroke Center status elevated Regional Medical Center as an elite institution for treating the most complex stroke and cerebrovascular cases. The Top Performer status recognizes our performance on key quality measures, and further distinguishes our stroke program.

“We are very proud that both of our medical centers received recognition this year as Top Performer hospitals and that our Joint Commission Certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center achieved the highest level of recognition for quality. Ensuring that our patient care is safe and effective is our highest priority. That’s why Capital Health has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Al Maghazehe, president and chief executive officer of Capital Health.

"At Capital Health we have a very strong commitment to providing neuroscience care that meets very high standards for quality and comprehensiveness," said Dr Erol Veznedaroglu, director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Capital Health. "The Joint Commission is the gold standard and their recognizing us as a leader speaks volumes."

Capital Health’s hospitals are two of 1,099 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 ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. This is the second year in a row that Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell is being recognized as a Top Performer in the areas of stroke, heart failure, heart attack and surgical care.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) 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. 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.”

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Capital Health 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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