Swedish Medical Center Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Recognition from The Joint Commission

Top Performer on Joint Commission Key Quality MeasuresDENVER – Sept. 14, 2011 – Swedish Medical Center today was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Swedish along with two other HealthONE hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission based on reported data about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

Swedish, Rose Medical Center and North Suburban Medical Center are three of 405 U.S. hospitals and only five hospitals in Colorado earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. This year's first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

A Commitment to Improving Patient Care

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Swedish is safe, effective care. That's why Swedish has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," says Mary White, President & CEO. "Swedish is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures."

Becoming a Top Performer

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures Swedish had to meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they each achieved a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they each met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which it reports data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Swedish was recognized for achieving three thresholds: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

"Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as North Suburban Medical Center, Rose Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality care," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president of The Joint Commission.

Three HealthONE Hospitals Recognized

The two other HealthONE hospitals receiving this distinction include North Suburban Hospital and Rose Hospital.

"At the HealthONE hospitals, we understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care," said Lindy Garvin, Vice President of Quality for HealthONE. "Because of our obligation to our patients, we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud that three of our facilities have been named to this exclusive list because it proves that our quality efforts are working and providing the best outcomes for our patients."

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s "Improving America’s Hospitals" annual report, the HealthONE hospitals will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with 8,700 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians. The health system is a Colorado company created in 1995 as a 50/50 joint venture between non-profit The Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado’s second largest charitable foundation, and various affiliates of HCA (NYSE: HCA).

HealthONE includes: The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza; North Suburban Medical Center; Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center (P/SL) and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Rose Medical Center; Sky Ridge Medical Center; Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital; Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Southwest ER; 13 ambulatory surgical centers; more than 30 occupational medicine/rehabilitation, specialty, and outpatient diagnostic imaging clinics; and AirLife Denver, which provides critical care air and ground transportation for an eight-state region.


Nicole Williams