MMC Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013 –The Joint Commission has recognized Memorial Medical Center as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for achieving outstanding accountability measure performance. MMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia

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. MMC and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures. 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 – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“Memorial Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

MMC is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. and one of 7 in New Mexico earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.