Baptist Health hospitals earn "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures" recognition from The Joint Commission

Today, Baptist Medical Center East and Prattville Baptist Hospital were each named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Baptist East and Prattville Baptist were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.  

Baptist East and Prattville Baptist are among 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. Baptist East was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Prattville Baptist was recognized for its achievement in pneumonia care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.  

Baptist East, Prattville Baptist and each of the hospitals 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 – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.  

“Baptist Medical Center East, Prattville Baptist Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”  

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Baptist East is safe, effective care. That’s why Baptist East has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Baptist East is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Jeff Rains, Baptist East CEO.  

Prattville Baptist Hospital CEO, Ginger Henry, agrees. “We strive daily to provide our patients with exceptional care,” Henry says. “This recognition is appreciated by the dedicated staff at Prattville Baptist Hospital, and demonstrates that the care we give our patients is indeed top performing.”  

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Baptist East and Prattville Baptist will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.