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The Joint Commission Names Three MountainStar Hospitals as Top Performers

MountainStar Health November 18, 2015

Designation recognizes consistent use of evidence-based clinical practices that improve patient outcomes

Salt Lake City – Three MountainStar Healthcare hospitals are among only 15 in Utah and 1,043 nationwide named a Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® in The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015. Brigham City Community Hospital, Mountain View Hospital and Timpanogos Regional Hospital each earned national recognition by utilizing evidence-based clinical practices while delivering patient care in 2014.

“This designation was earned by many physicians and clinical teams at our hospitals who consistently follow medical practices proven to improve outcomes while taking care of patients,” said Greg Angle, MountainStar Healthcare president. “We join them in being committed to delivering the highest quality care throughout Utah – worthy of this level of national performance recognition.”

For the past five years, The Joint Commission has recognized Top Performers; hospitals that meet 49 accountability measures of evidence-based clinical practices. These measures have proven to improve patient care and ensure the best outcomes possible. Currently, U.S. hospitals are required to meet core measures while treating patients for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and providing surgical care.

  • Mountain View Hospital is one of only 117 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide recognized as a Top Performer each of the five years the program has been in existence.
  • Timpanogos Regional Hospital has earned this recognition in three Joint Commission reports (2012, 2014 and 2015).
  • Mountain View and Timpanogos Regional hospitals were among only five in Utah recognized for consistently delivering evidence-based care to patients experiencing a heart attack, pneumonia or undergoing surgery.
  • Brigham City Community Hospital is among only two hospitals in the state’s most northern counties that achieved Top Performer excellence in surgical care.
  • The Top Performer award places these MountainStar hospitals among the top 18 percent of 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data.

MountainStar hospitals are part of HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Nationwide, 78 percent of HCA hospitals – 106 nationwide – are on the Top Performers list for 2015. By comparison, only 31.5 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals achieved that distinction. MountainStar hospitals and the patients they serve benefit from HCA’s leadership when it comes to advancing best practices in medicine and improvements to care processes.    

“The Joint Commission’s Top Performers recognition uses objective data to determine the top hospitals, and we are proud that more than three-quarters of our hospitals have been recognized for their consistent achievement of high performance levels on key quality measures,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s chief medical officer and president of clinical services. “We appreciate our colleagues across the country, whose dedication to evidence-based clinical practices helps ensure the best possible outcomes for the patients we’re privileged to treat.

Requirements to become a Top Performer on key quality measures based on 2014 data:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided evidence-based care 95 out of 100 opportunities to do so. Each area of practice includes several accountability measures. For example, giving patients with heart attack symptoms an aspirin at arrival, administering antibiotics one hour before surgery, and obtaining a blood culture within 24 hours after arrival for patients hospitalized with pneumonia symptoms.

Effective January 2014, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide submitted data related to additional core measure sets. Those areas of care include children’s asthma, venous thromboembolism, stroke, inpatient psychiatric services, immunization, perinatal care, tobacco treatment and substance use.

“Led by this year’s Top Performer hospitals, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals have achieved tremendous improvement and reliability on many of the measures reported over the past five years. These Top Performer hospitals are demonstrating how to achieve and sustain superb levels of performance in delivering evidence-based treatments,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

The Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® list is featured in The Joint Commission’s Annual Report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety. Out of more than 3,300 accredited U.S. hospitals that reported accountability measure data for 2014, 1,043 hospitals are Top Performer hospitals. More details, the complete list of recognized hospitals and the measure sets are available at www.jointcommission.org.

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