Northern earns Top Performer recognition

Dr. Bill Lawing, hospitalist, and April Smith, RN, review a patient’s medical information. -

Northern Hospital has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer by The Joint Commission, an organization which accredits health care organizations in the United States.

Northern Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, and venous thromboembolism (also known as the formation of clots in the vein).

Northern Hospital is one of 1,043 hospitals, out of more than 3,300 eligible institutions in the United States, to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures included in the recognition program including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

This is the second year Northern has been recognized as a Top Performer. The hospital was recognized in 2014 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Northern Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO of The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients here at Northern is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Robin Hodgin, vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer.

“Northern is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” said Ned Hill, president and CEO of Northern.

This is Northern Hospital’s second recognition for quality and safety in a month. Northern was recognized earlier this month when it received a consecutive Grade “A” for an outstanding record in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

Dr. Bill Lawing, hospitalist, and April Smith, RN, review a patient’s medical information. Bill Lawing, hospitalist, and April Smith, RN, review a patient’s medical information.