Top recognition given to high-achieving hospital

November 25, 2013 by  

The Joint Commission, an accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, recently named Sturdy Memorial Hospital in North Attleboro, a city close to Seekonk, as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in the United States. No doubt the hospital is using a variety of printing services to let the community know that it has achieved this recognition.

The commission has recognized the hospital for its use of evidence-based clinical procedures, which can improve care for patients with certain conditions. Specifically, Sturdy attained excellence in its accountability-measured performance with regard to heart failure, heart attack, surgical care, and pneumonia.

Sturdy Hospital has earned this distinction for the second year in a row and was among 1,099 hospitals in the United States to be named a Top Performer. About 33% of accredited hospitals in the United States attained a status as Top Performer for 2012. The hospital’s president and CEO, Linda Shavitz, said that it is very committed to providing safe and exceptional medical care to those in the community, and being recognized again as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures is a reflection of that dedication.

In order to be recognized as a Top Performer, a hospital needs to achieve a 95% score or higher on several accountability measures using evidence-based processes. Each accountability measure is an evidence-based practice, and one example is ensuring that antibiotics are given by means of a prophylactic device to patients one hour before they undergo surgery.