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September 25, 2012

Kingwood Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Kingwood Medical Center 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. Kingwood Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

Kingwood Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Kingwood Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”

“We understand what matters most to patients at Kingwood Medical Center is safe, effective care, close to home. That’s why Kingwood Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Kingwood Medical Center is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Kingwood Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX  77339

Kingwood Medical Center is an acute care facility comprised of 24-hour emergency services, and an on-site minor emergency clinic. It is home to the area’s comprehensive cardiac care program and neuroscience program. The hospital is recognized by the state of Texas as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, is Joint Commission Accredited for Disease Specific Certification in Stroke, has an Accredited Sleep Disorder Center, an Accredited Diabetes Center and offers a myriad of services to patients, including: Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, women’s services, high risk obstetrics program, breast diagnostic center, designated pediatric unit, surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services on-site and at Atascocita Imaging. In early 2012, the hospital expanded services by opening a new Observation Unit, The Center for Wound Care, a new HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Cree, and an expanded Inpatient Rehabilitation Department. Later this year service expansion will be completed for a Neuro interventional radiology. Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. www.kingwoodmedical.com

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