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The Joint Commission Names Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital a Top Performer for Surgical Care

November 14, 2014

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical care. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is one of only 33 hospitals in Missouri to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. Only 36.9 percent of accredited hospitals in the U.S. earned The Joint Commission's Top Performer status for 2013.

“What matters most to us at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is the quality and safety of the care we provide to patients,” says Douglas Black, president of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our staff and physicians in surgery and our entire hospital team.”

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, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

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; and
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.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.
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