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West Florida Hospital

The Joint Commission's "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures"

September 14, 2011

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 inaugural accreditation 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 that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

West Florida Healthcare is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals and the area’s only local hospital to earn the distinction of top performer on three key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. These key quality measures for West Florida Healthcare include heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.  Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

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 Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

“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,” said Kendrick Doidge, vice president, marketing and public relations. “This accreditation reflects the dedication of our physicians and staff to delivering high quality patient-centered care right here in our community”

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