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Flaget Memorial Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission - Archived

Flaget Memorial Hospital was recognized based on performance related to accountability measures for pneumonia, surgical care and immunizations as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” The report summarizes data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014. Flaget Memorial Hospital was among only 25 hospitals in Kentucky recognized as Top Performers. Saint Joseph Berea and Saint Joseph Martin, both part of KentuckyOne Health, were also honored.

“We are honored to be among only 25 Kentucky hospitals to earn Top Performer recognition this year,” said Sue Downs, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. “The goal of this program is to demonstrate excellence in healthcare and to improve patient care. We are proud to have been recognized for our quality care in three areas. Honors like this one ensure our efforts to bring wellness, healing and hope to our community do not go unnoticed.”

The Joint Commission launched the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program in September 2011. The program is unique from other recognition programs in that it is based on objective data. It’s intended to encourage hospitals to consistently improve their performance on accountability measures by publicly recognizing those that achieve excellence in this arena, with an ultimate goal of improving patient care.

The Top Performer program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, tobacco use, substance use, venous thromboembolism, immunization and perinatal care.

To become 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, hospitals were required to:
• 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.
“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.

“America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015,” is available on The Joint Commission website at

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015