Columbia VA Health Care System
Joint Commission Top Performer for 4th Year
November 17, 2014
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Medical Center Director Timothy McMurry holding 2013 Joint Commission Top Performer Certificate. Photo: Ken Holt
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center officials announced today the facility has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.
The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services, and immunizations.
This is the fourth year the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer. The facility was recognized in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is one of only of 147 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past four consecutive years.
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
- Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
- Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
- Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
“We understand what matters most to patients at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is the quality and safety of the care they receive,” said Medical Center Director Timothy B. McMurry. “That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”
In addition to meeting performance criteria, officials noted the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center obtained a 99.7% across all the measures.
“We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” said Director McMurry.
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.
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