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RMH Named Top Performer by The Joint Commission

October 30, 2013

Roxborough Memorial Hospital today was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Roxborough Memorial Hospital, owned by Prime Healthcare Services, was 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.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S., including ten other Prime Healthcare Services hospitals, earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Roxborough Memorial Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical 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.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital and each of the hospitals that were 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.

Roxborough Memorial 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 are extremely proud of this distinction awarded to our hospital recognizing the hard work, dedication and care for our patients by the entire staff,” stated Peter Adamo, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Roxborough Memorial Hospital and Lower Bucks Hospital. “While we continue to have work to do, The Joint Commission’s recognition of our top standing among their accredited hospitals clearly shows we are headed in the right direction towards delivering high quality patient care and outcomes.”

“Prime Healthcare is physician-driven and patient-focused system, concentrating heavily on quality of patient care," said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “This is well deserved recognition of the physicians, nurses and staffs at these hospitals who maintain the highest standards of quality care in the country.” In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Roxborough Memorial Hospital 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 ofThe Joint Commission Perspectivesand The Source.

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