Prime Healthcare Hospitals Ranked as "Top Performers" by The Joint Commission

ONTARIO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight Prime Healthcare hospitals were recognized today as "Top Performers on Key Quality Measures" by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the nation.

The Prime Healthcare hospitals were 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, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

"This is a prestigious honor and yet another validation of how Prime Healthcare's physician-driven and patient-focused system, which adheres to proven clinical protocols, is the future of healthcare," said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. "This is well deserved recognition of the physicians, nurses and staffs at these hospitals who maintain the highest standards of quality care in the country."

Representing the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals, the Prime Healthcare Services' hospitals included were Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center and West Anaheim Medical and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation hospital Encino Hospital Medical Center.

"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., 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."

For 2012, 620 hospitals out of more than 3,400 accredited hospitals nationwide reporting core measure performance data for 2011 were recognized as "Top Performers." These hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data were reported to The Joint Commission for calendar year 2011. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they reported data. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, these hospitals will recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

Prime Healthcare Services

Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services (www.primehealthcare.com), with a motto of "Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs and Saving Lives," is one of the largest hospital companies in the nation. 

Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 15,000 employees and own and operate 18 acute-care hospitals: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center – in California, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center – in Nevada, Roxborough Memorial Hospital – in Pennsylvania, and Harlingen Medical Center and Pampa Regional Medical Center – in Texas.

Prime Healthcare was recognized as one of the "15 Top Health Systems in the Nation" in 2012 by Thomson Reuters, based on quality of healthcare and patient satisfaction. It was also recognized as a top health system in 2009. Five Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked among the "100 Top Hospitals in the Nation" in 2012 by Thomson Reuters. Eight Prime Healthcare hospitals earned national recognition as "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures," (Top 18 percent), in 2012 from The Joint Commission, the leading Medicare accreditation organization in the country.

SOURCE Prime Healthcare Services



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