|Kennedy University Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission|
|Wednesday, September 19, 2012|
Kennedy University Hospital today was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.
Kennedy, which has acute care hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions.
Kennedy is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. – and one of only 14 in the state of New Jersey -- earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Kennedy is the only New Jersey hospital south of Princeton named to the list.Kennedy 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.
Each of the hospitals 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.
“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.”
Kennedy Health System President & CEO Martin A. Bieber said the achievement is the result of Kennedy’s unfailing commitment to clinical excellence.
“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care. That’s why Kennedy has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” Bieber said. “Kennedy is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Kennedy University Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site (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.