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Holy Name Medical Center Earns "Top Performer On Key Quality Measures" Recognition From The Joint Commission

Date: 9/15/2011

Only hospital in Bergen County recognized as one of the nation's top performers for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care

Teaneck, NJ - Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) has been named one of the nation's top performers for attaining and sustaining excellence in key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The Joint Commission's recognition of Holy Name is based on data reported in 2010 regarding evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. The areas for which the Medical Center received top scores are heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Holy Name is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures during 2010. It is one of only 12 hospitals in the state and the only hospital in Bergen County to be so recognized.

To be recognized as a top performer, a hospital must meet or exceed 95 percent performance thresholds for its composite performance on all reported accountability measures, as well as its performance on every single accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission.

Examples of core accountability measures for surgical care include but are not limited to "preventive antibiotic started 1 hour prior to incision," and "treatment preventing blood clots received." Core accountability measures for pneumonia include but are not limited to "antibiotic timing within six hours of admission" and "pneumonia and influenza vaccination." Examples of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) measures are "aspirin at discharge" and "smoking cessation advice."

"The Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program is an important initiative because it provides transparency to the public," said Holy Name Medical Center President/CEO Michael Maron. "We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That's why Holy Name has made a commitment to accreditation and positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be among The Joint Commission's top performers."

Holy Name Medical Center will be recognized in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report as well as on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org.