Alameda County Medical Center Recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission

Sep 14, 2011, 18:00 ET from Alameda County Medical Center

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) is proud to announce they have today been recognized by The Joint Commission as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, putting them in the top 14% of Joint Commission accredited hospitals.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

For the first time, The Joint Commission is recognizing accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that attain and sustain excellence in accountability measure performance during 2010.  Out of the 3,099 hospitals submitting accountability measure data to The Joint Commission, ACMC was one of only 405 to meet or exceed the target rates for performance for 2010.  Out of the 23 eligible East Bay Area hospitals, ACMC was one of only four to receive such recognition.

"We understand what matters most to patients at the Alameda County Medical Center – safe, effective care," said Wright Lassiter III, CEO, Alameda County Medical Center.  "That's why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  Alameda County Medical Center is proud to be named as one of the Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures."

ACMC was awarded 95% or above in the two performance thresholds of accountability and of performance in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Details of ACMC's achievement will be on The Joint Commission Quality Check website ( ; in the "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report; in The Joint Commission Resources' publications – Perspectives and Benchmark and on The Joint Commission Website.

The Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program is designed to be an incentive for improved performance on accountability measures and to support organizations in their quest to do better.  

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SOURCE Alameda County Medical Center