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"Top Performer on Key Quality Measures" Recognition from The Joint Commission Received

September 14, 2011

Capital Regional Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Capital Regional is the Only Hospital in the Big Bend to Earn This Distinction

Tallahassee, FL – Capital 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. Capital Regional was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Capital Regional Medical Center is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals, and the only hospital in the Big Bend, earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Capital Regional Medical Center that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Capital Regional Medical Center—safe, effective care. That’s why Capital Regional has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Capital Regional is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Bud Wethington, President and CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center.

 In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Capital Regional will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

About Capital Regional Medical Center
Capital Regional Medical Center provides the highest quality healthcare in the area. Our comprehensive approach to healthcare includes providing state-of-the art medical services for prevention, early detection and treatment featuring the area’s first 3D HD daVinci Surgical System, the Capital Regional Cancer Center, housing the area’s only TomoTherpy Unit for cancer treatment, the Comprehensive Breast Center and Tallahassee’s first heart center.  Capital Regional is the only hospital in Tallahassee that makes its ER wait times available to the public encouraging more than 70,000 people chose the Capital Regional Medical Center emergency room each year when seconds count.