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West Florida Healthcare on Top Performer List for Second Straight Year

September 18, 2012

Pensacola, FL - West Florida Healthcare was recognized today by The Joint Commission as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in their “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report.  This announcement recognizes the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation body of health care organizations in America.

The Joint Commission listed West Florida Healthcare in their “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes and was announced as a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“For West Florida Healthcare to be listed as one of six hundred twenty hospitals nationwide is an honor and a privilege.  For West Florida Healthcare to be one of only two hundred forty-four hospitals nationwide to make the list two years in a row is a direct reflection of our dedicated physicians, staff and volunteers and their commitment to delivering high quality patient centered care,” said Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare. “I would also like to congratulate other area hospitals who are being recognized for the first time by joining us in achieving this performance distinction.  Through West Florida Healthcare’s example of focusing on delivering high quality healthcare, the overall health of our community has been positively enhanced.”

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds.  First, they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients.  Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“Today the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as West Florida Healthcare that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Sam Al Shurieki, M.D., Chief of Staff of West Florida Healthcare.

“We understand and are focused on what matters most to our patients – safe, effective care. That is why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” continued Baumgardner. “Our dedicated staff has developed quality improvement teams across all of our service lines and we have invested in cutting-edge medical technology and database systems that have helped us reach our quality goals.”

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, West Florida Healthcare will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at