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Two Memorial Hermann Hospitals Earn Top Quality Recognition from The Joint Commission

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital were recently named among the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The hospitals were among the top 18% of hospitals in the nation that were recognized for leading the way in using evidence-based care processes that are proven to be the best treatments for eight common conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

Memorial Hermann Katy was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land received recognition in pneumonia and surgical care. This is the second year in a row that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is being acknowledged as a top performer, making it one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years straight.

A recognized hospital must first achieve performance of 95% or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, the hospital also must meet a 95% performance target for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. The specific eligibility criteria can be found at www.jointcommission.org.

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

“This achievement is indicative of the strength of teamwork and commitment to patient care. It reflects the culture of our organization – to provide safe and high-quality care to all patients,” says Scott Barbe, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO. “I am honored that Memorial Hermann Katy has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a top performer.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is safe, effective care. That’s why our team has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s top performers on key quality measures,” says Greg Haralson, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land CEO.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, both Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at www.qualitycheck.org. The top performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

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