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KH earns ‘top performer’ nod from Joint Commission

Posted: November 25, 2015 3:26 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2015 1:00 a.m.

KershawHealth recently announced in a press release it has been recognized as a 2015 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the country’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The program recognizes performance improvments on evidence-based interventions increasing the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

KershawHealth was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for seven conditions:  heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, venous thromboembolism, stroke and immunization. KershawHealth is the only Midlands hospital to earn the distinction.

“We have worked diligently over the past few years to make quality and patient safety one of our highest priorities, and this recognition shows how we are demonstrating the relationship between implementing evidenced-based care and achieving better outcomes for our patients,” KershawHealth Chief Quality Officer Divya Reddy said.

KershawHealth met three criteria on 2014 accountability data:

• 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 with at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Have at least one core measure set with 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.

“The ongoing focus on quality patient care and safety necessary to achieve this accomplishment comes only through the knowledge, dedication, and teamwork of our physicians, clinical staff, and, indeed, every member of our hospital staff. We understand what matters most to patients at KershawHealth is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” Kershaw Health CEO Terry Gunn said. “KershawHealth is proud to be named a Top Performer -- we have made quality and patient safety a top priority, and this recognition reinforces the success of those efforts.”


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