Maine Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Maine Medical Center (MMC) was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.
MMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. Maine Medical Center, one of just 620 hospitals in the US earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets:
- Heart Attack
- Heart failure
- Surgical care
The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.
Those hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of at least 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.
Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. 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 for children with asthma.
“We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received from the Joint Commission, and credit goes to the dedicated staff who care for our patients,” says Doug Salvador, MD, Vice President for Quality and Safety. This recognition also reflects our ongoing efforts to provide the best and safest care, and our work to continually improve our delivery of that care.”
The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report
John Lamb, APR
Maine Medical Center