Hospital gets clean bill of health

October 5, 2012 by  

A Fall River hospital was named as one of America’s top performing hospitals in a report released on September 18.

The Joint Commission, a U.S. accrediting association based in Illinois that reports on accountability measures in healthcare institutions, chose Saint Anne’s as one of the ‘Top Performers on Quality Measures’. Generally an award from a prestigious accrediting organization would mean a hospital could use the accrediting body’s logo on all print materials, including those produced by local print companies hired by the communications staff.

Only 620 out of 3,300 eligible hospitals in the U.S. were given this designation, which includes 10 in Massachusetts. It was the only facility in South Coast to be awarded the designation.

The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and accredits hospitals using a thorough process to measure accountability in key areas of urgent care. For example, the commission would follow a patient as he or she enters a hospital and goes through triage, then treatment and, subsequently, discharge. Saint Anne’s would have to score 95% or higher on each measure that was scored.

Dr. Harvey Kowaloff, vice president for medical affairs at Saint Anne’s, said:

“I was more than delighted to learn of the honor. I knew we were doing good work, but this simply exceeded my expectations.

“I feel it reinforces what I know to be true about the quality [and] performance of Saint Anne’s in general.”

Hospitals studied by The Joint Commission had to have a baseline of patients from which to work with and 12 months’ worth of data for 2011.