UM Charles Regional Medical Center Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Recognition from The Joint Commission
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on 11 15th, 2013 | No Comments
LA PLATA, Md. – University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
For the second consecutive year, UM Charles Regional was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
UM Charles Regional is among the 1,099 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. It’s one of only 424 hospitals in the U.S. to earn the distinction in each of the last two years.
“This is no small achievement,” said UM Charles Regional Chief Medical Officer Mark Dumais, MD, FACP. “We put a constant emphasis on evidence-based care processes, and we do it because it helps us get the best results for our patients. We’re constantly working to improve our processes and striving to provide excellent care.”
The ratings are based on patient care data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. Only a third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting data for 2012 were named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.
Each accountability measure represents evidence-based practice—for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, vaccinating high risk patients to prevent pneumonia and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery to prevent infections.
“To be named a Top Performer by the Joint Commission last year was a great honor,” said Noel Cervino, UM Charles Regional’s President and CEO. “To do it two years in a row is a testament to the diligence and dedication of our staff. It tells our community that this hospital is committed to providing safe, effective, high quality care and positive outcomes for our patients.”
Louis Jenkins, Chairman of the UM Charles Regional Board of Directors, added: “Through our affiliation with the University of Maryland, the Board made a major commitment to assuring that quality healthcare is provided to all the citizens of Charles County. This Top Performer award from The Joint Commission is another great example of how that commitment is being met.”
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, UM Charles Regional will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured on the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.