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Four SCL Health System Care Sites Earn Recognition from The Joint Commission

September 24, 2012

Four SCL Health System care sites have earned Top Performer on Key Quality Measures recognition from The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. They are Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.; St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kan.; Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., and St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. These care sites are among 620 hospitals across the country receiving Joint Commission recognition.

The Joint Commission is recognizing SCL Health System care sites for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

“We congratulate our care sites for being recognized as Top Performers,” says Mike Slubowski, President and CEO, SCL Health System. “We applaud their dedication to patient-centered care and their focus on continuous quality improvement. We are very proud of this accomplishment and recognition.”

Each care site that was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.

Each 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.

Additionally, each 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, 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 one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why SCL Health System has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” continues Chassin.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, the four SCL Health System care sites will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source and the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives.

About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.