Gateway Regional Medical Center Earns
‘Top Performer on Key Quality MeasuresTM’ Recognition
from The Joint Commission two Years in a Row
(GRANITE CITY, Illinois) – Gateway Regional Medical Center today was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, for the second year in a row. The hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Gateway Regional Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Gateway Regional 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 represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data.
This is the second year in a row that Gateway Regional Medical Center is being recognized as a Top Performer. Gateway Regional is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, Gateway Regional was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, the hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reported data to The Joint Commission for calendar year 2011. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they reported data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases.
Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice -- for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” said 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.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Gateway Regional Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why Gateway Regional Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based processes. Gateway Regional Medical Center is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” said Mark Bethell, CEO, Gateway Regional Medical Center.
Gateway Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been recognized for two years in a row by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures. GRMC is a 367 bed hospital with a 100 bed behavioral health unit. Located in Granite City, GRMC and its predecessors have served the community for over 100 years. Gateway Regional is home to The Bone & Joint Center and is a leader in joint replacement surgery and recovery. With a medical staff of over 150 physicians, Gateway Regional provides a very broad range of services, including robotic surgery, emergency services, orthopedics, home health and hospice, occupational health, and women and newborn services. For more information about Gateway Regional Medical Center, call (618) 798-3000.