RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Members of the surgical team, whose work was highlighted in the Top Performer recognition. Back row, left to right: Kim Pilarski, Deanna Freese, Jeanne Sova, Karl Heidelberg. Front row, left to right: Jill Erickson, Chloe Rasmussen, Jodi Helmrick.
River Falls Area Hospital is one of six Allina Health hospitals to have been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations. At River Falls Area Hospital, the recognition highlighted the work of the surgical services team for its care of surgical patients.
David Miller, president of River Falls Area Hospital, said: "As president, I am very proud of all our hospital staff and physicians. Receiving a Top Performer Award for Quality from the Joint Commission is a high honor and recognition that we have delivered safe and effective care of the highest quality, which is our top priority."
Allina Health facilities Cambridge Medical Center, New Ulm Medical Center, Owatonna Hospital, River Falls Area Hospital, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn. and Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn. were recognized as part of the Joint Commission's 2014 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," released Nov. 13, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performances. The Allina Health hospitals were among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
- Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
- Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
- Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
"Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Allina Health for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, Joint Commission.
"We understand what matters most to patients is the quality, safety, and experience of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve the lives of our patients through best care processes," said Penny Wheeler, M.D., president and chief clinical officer, Allina Health. "We are proud that our hospitals are named Top Performers as it recognizes the employees and physicians for their skill, compassion, and dedication to those we serve."
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit jointcommission.org.