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Coral Gables Hospital earns high marks from Joint Commission
Staff members at Coral Gables Hospital celebrate the recognition by the Joint Commission

Coral Gables Hospital earns high marks from Joint Commission

Staff members at Coral Gables Hospital celebrate the recognition by the Joint Commission

Staff members at Coral Gables Hospital celebrate the recognition by the Joint Commission

Coral Gables Hospital recently was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

Coral Gables Hospital was recognized by the Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

This is the third consecutive year that Coral Gables Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. Coral Gables Hospital is one of only 1,099 in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Coral Gables Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Coral Gables Hospital and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures

2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases

3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice — examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“Coral Gables Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of the Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

In addition to being included in the Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Coral Gables Hospital will be recognized on the Joint Commission’s Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org.