Crisp Regional Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
Crisp Regional 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.
CRH is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. This puts the local facility in the top 1/3 of all U. S. hospitals.
Crisp Regional has been recognized by the most prominent national accrediting agency as consistently delivering a very high level of patient care. This top performer recognition is just the latest achievement, according to President and CEO Steve Gautney who adds, “we are taking a focused and disciplined approach to learning, and constantly improving our care of patients.”
The local hospital is a top performer on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.
Each of the hospitals that was 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; and 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 to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.
“Crisp Regional Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Crisp Regional is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” says Gautney.
Over the past year, Crisp Regional has been participating in the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and was awarded additional funding by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) initiative under the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Partnership for Patients (PfP) program.
CRH is one of only 17 Georgia hospitals to take a leadership position through participating in the LEAPT quality initiative improving the care of all patients.
The GHA Workers Compensation Trust Fund also has recognized Crisp Regional as an organization achieving exceptional levels of both patient and employee safety.