Mercy Health - Cincinnati Hospitals Earn 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Recognition from The Joint Commission

(CINCINNATI; November 13, 2014) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, has recognized Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals as 2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.

“We understand what matters most to Mercy Health - Cincinnati patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Yousuf J. Ahmad, Mercy Health – Cincinnati Market President and CEO. “Everyone at Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield hospitals should be proud that the hospitals are Top Performers as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

The Joint Commission recognized Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals as part of its 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals are two of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

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. According to The Joint Commission, both Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals demonstrated exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes to improve patient care in the following areas:
• heart attack
• heart failure
• pneumonia
• surgical care

This is the third year that the Joint Commission has recognized Anderson Hospital as a Top Performer and the second year that Fairfield Hospital has earned the recognition. The Joint Commission recognized Anderson Hospital in 2012 and 2011 and Fairfield Hospital in 2011 for their performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Anderson Hospital is one of only of 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years.

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
• 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 Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield hospitals 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, The Joint Commission.
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx