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DeTar named among nations' Top Performers on Key Quality Measures

Sept. 19, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.


DeTar Healthcare System on Wednesday was among 620 hospitals named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the country's leading accreditor of health care organizations.

DeTar's recognition came for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes when dealing with heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, according to a company news release. Ratings are based on an aggregation of data reported during the 2011 calendar year.

Each top performer met two performance thresholds.

First, the hospitals achieved 95 percent or above on a composite score that included all accountability measures for which it reported data to the Joint Commission in 2011. They also met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for every accountability measure for which they reported data to the commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases.

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, such as giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients.

When The Joint Commission raises the bar and provides proper guidance and tools, hospitals respond with excellent results, said Dr. Mark R. Chassin, the commission's president. Continual improvements point to a future with dramatically reduced defects in quality and safety, he said, and improved reliability.

"Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today's health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients," he said.

DeTar CEO William R. Blanchard said his company was proud to receive the Joint Commission's honor.

"We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care," he said. "That's why the DeTar Healthcare System has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based processes."

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