Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Martin Medical Center earns Joint Commission quality award for second year
Contact: Scott Samples, Public Information Coordinator
Phone: (772) 223-4920
STUART, Fla., Sept. 19, 2012 – For the second consecutive year, Martin Medical Center has been 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.
Martin Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, pneumonia and surgical care.
Martin Medical Center is one of only 244 hospitals to earn Top Performer distinction two years in a row. The program began in 2011.
“All of us at Martin Health System are committed to providing the highest possible health care to our patients, and this recognition demonstrates that we are achieving that objective,” said Mark E. Robitaille, president and chief executive officer of Martin Health. “We are fortunate to have physicians, associates and volunteers who offer exceptional care each and every day.”
This year, Martin Medical Center is one of only 620 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning The Joint Commission’s distinction of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. This represents the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2011.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.
First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.
Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, president of 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 one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”
About Martin Health System: Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that has served the region for more than 70 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventative, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,000 associates, 375 affiliated physicians and 900 volunteers provide care at 12 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie counties. Martin Health is a seven-time winner of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Award, has twice been named a Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award winner, and received designation as a National Employer of Choice designee for 2009 and 2010-11. To learn more, visit martinhealth.org.