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St. Joseph Hospital Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission for 3rd Year in a Row

(Nashua, NH) - For the third year in a row, St. Joseph Hospital was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. St. Joseph Hospital was recognized based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

St. Joseph Hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Only 182 hospitals in the United States and one other hospital in New Hampshire have achieved this honor three years in a row. St. Joseph Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the third consecutive year that St. Joseph Hospital has been recognized for these measures. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

To be recognized as a top performer on key measures an organization must first achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures. Second, they must achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases. And lastly, they must have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice - examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

Performance measures are available to view on the St. Joseph Hospital website at www.stjosephhospital.com or you can learn more at The Joint Commission's Quality Check website at www.qualitycheck.org.