Lexington, Ky. November 11, 2013 –Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.
Saint Joseph East is one of 1,099 hospitals in the US earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the care of certain conditions. The facility was recognized for its achievement in the areas of heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia treatment and surgical care. The ratings are based on accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
“We are committed to providing safe, effective care. That’s why Saint Joseph East has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Eric Gilliam, President, Saint Joseph East. “We’re proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.”
In order to achieve the status as a Top Performer, a facility must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95% or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95% or above on each and every reported accountability measure for which there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95% or above, and within that measure set have a performance rate of 95% or above for all applicable individual accountability measures. A 95% 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, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.
“Saint Joseph East 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.”
In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Saint Joseph East will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was established in early 2012 when two major Kentucky healthcare organizations merged, combining the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems: Jewish Hospital & Saint Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization added a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is committed to improving the health and wellness of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and healthcare services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations, including hospitals, clinics, primary-care centers, physician group offices, specialty institutes and home-health agencies, and nearly 15,000 employees throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.