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University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center earns 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition from The Joint Commission

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hospital’s third consecutive ranking is based on quality measures for pneumonia and surgical care

ASHTABULA COUNTY– University Hospitals (UH) Geneva Medical Center was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The full-service hospital was recognized in October for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for a specific range of medical conditions.

A Joint Commission-accredited critical access hospital, UH Geneva Medical Center is currently one of 1,099 accredited facilities in the United States – just 33% – to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The hospital has now been recognized for its achievement on measure sets for pneumonia and surgical care in all three years the Top Performer award has been in existence.

“In year one of The Joint Commission recognition, UH Geneva Medical Center was one of only 420 accredited facilities – less than 10% – to be recognized as a Top Performer,” says Robert G. David, President, UH Conneaut and Geneva medical centers. “We are now one of only 182 hospitals in the nation to have received this award all three years. This is quite an honor.”

The exemplary 2013 ratings are based on data the hospital reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. “The Quality Institute is extremely proud of the work UH Geneva Medical Center is doing,” says William Annable, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Director, UH Quality Institute. “The hospital’s third straight Joint Commission Award is no surprise to those of us who have been aware of the level of quality care delivered there every day. UH Geneva Medical Center has developed many innovative improvement processes that have since expanded to the rest of the University Hospitals system. It is a critical part of the UH integrated care delivery system.”

Each of the Joint Commission’s accountability measures represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin to heart attack patients at arrival or administering antibiotics one hour before surgery. “This third consecutive award clearly demonstrates that our steadfast commitment to the highest quality care is weaved into the fabric of our organization and is part of our culture’s DNA,” says Amitabh Goel, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, UH Geneva Medical Center.

With its Top Performer ranking, UH Geneva Medical Center will be included in the most recent release of The Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospitals annual report and recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

“Winning this award every year since the program’s inception shows our commitment to quality and evidence-based medicine,” says David. “Our employees and physicians are proud that they continue to be nationally recognized as being among the very best providers of quality care.”

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