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    Six Sutter Health Affiliate Hospitals Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 14, 2011 - Six hospitals in the Sutter Health network of care today were named among the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission. Each hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission 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.

    Greater Sacramento/Central Valley Region

    Greater San Francisco Bay AreaThey represent six of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. 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 the affiliates within the Sutter Health network 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.

    “Our integrated network has long focused on ways to make patient care more affordable and accessible while maintaining excellent clinical quality,” said Gordon Hunt M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “We partner with patients to deliver care in innovative ways that meet their unique needs. It’s an honor to have six of our affiliate hospitals recognized among the nation’s best in The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, demonstrating our latest quality achievements.”

    In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report each affiliated hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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