September 26, 2012
Quality care at only two hospitals in northern Utah recognized by The Joint Commission
- Both hospitals among only six in Utah designated as a Top Performer on this year’s list
- Both are among 620 hospitals nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in consistently using evidence-based clinical practices in key patient care areas
Ogden, UT., September 25, 2012 – Brigham City Community Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center were recently named by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™. These MountainStar hospitals are the only two in northern Utah and among only six in the state and 620 hospitals nationwide recognized for exemplary performance by the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
Both hospitals earned a spot on the Top Performer list for consistently using evidence-based clinical practices that lead to better outcomes for patients. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.
Brigham City Community Hospital earned recognition as a Top Performer in the category of surgical care. Its physicians, nurses and other caregivers use evidence-based practices to ensure that high-quality care is delivered to patients who undergo surgery, and every patient overall.
“We are very pleased to receive this prestigious recognition” says Richard Spuhler, chief executive officer at Brigham City Community Hospital. “I congratulate our staff for their continuing efforts to ensure that our patients are receiving the best possible healthcare. Thanks to the tireless vigilance of highly engaged physicians and staff members, we have proof that our hard work is paying off for our community.”
The caregivers at Ogden Regional Medical Center was recognized for consistently following standardized care practices when treating patients experiencing heart attacks and pneumonia or undergoing a surgery. This notable designation is the direct result of a concerted team effort to further enhance the quality and safety of patient care throughout the hospital.
“We are honored to once again be recognized for delivering high-quality care for our patients” says Mark Adams, chief executive officer at Ogden Regional Medical Center. “Our quality program has built a solid foundation for monitoring and improving care at all levels within our hospital. I congratulate and thank our physicians and staff for keeping a constant eye on quality indicators and for creating and maintaining this environment. We also thank the Joint Commission for recognizing us for doing so.”
These Utah hospitals are among the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data. Every hospital on the Top Performers list met the following criteria for 2011:
- Performance of 95 percent or above on a composite score that includes all the accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.
- Performance of 95 percent or higher on every reported accountability measure, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.
A 95 percent score means a hospital provided evidence-based care 95 out of 100 opportunities to do so. Each area of practice includes several accountability measures. For example, giving patients with heart attack symptoms an aspirin at arrival, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and collecting a blood culture with 24 hours when patients arrive at the hospital with pneumonia symptoms, and are then hospitalized.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says 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 on that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”
About Brigham City Community Hospital
Brigham City Community Hospital is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Utah Department of Health; it is among a small number of rural hospitals nationwide to staff board-certified emergency department physicians. This MountainStar hospital features a state-of-the-art imaging center with advanced technologies including digital mammography and an “in-house” MRI. Brigham City Community Hospital