West Florida Hospital November 18, 2015

Pensacola, Fl - West Florida Healthcare today announced that it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for the fifth year in a row. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. West Florida Healthcare was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance in six areas:

  • Heart Attack
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart Failure
  • Surgical Care
  • Stroke
  • Perinatal Care

West Florida Healthcare is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction and one of only 117 hospitals to achieve the distinction for the past five consecutive years.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

“We understand what matters most to patients at West Florida Healthcare is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That’s why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. West Florida Healthcare is proud to be named a Top Performer for the fifth consecutive year as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” said Brian Baumgardner, President and CEO of West Florida Healthcare.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of West Florida Healthcare for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

In addition to being named a Top Performer for the fifth year in a row, West Florida Healthcare was the only hospital to receive an “A” rating in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. Recognized as the gold standard rating for patient safety, The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

To learn more about The Joint Commission’s Top Performer program , visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.