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PinnacleHealth System Named to Joint Commission "Top Performer" List for Quality Measures

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PinnacleHealth System was named this week as one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for 2012 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. The hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals nationally that are being recognized, representing the top one-third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. 
"We take great pride in having earned a position on this prestigious list through our staff’s commitment to quality and offering high quality care in the region," said Michael A. Young, president and chief executive offer of PinnacleHealth System. 
The Top Performer list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. PinnacleHealth System was specifically recognized for its achievement on the following sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
PinnacleHealth System and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 
1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 
2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 
3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. 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, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

"PinnacleHealth System and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement," says Mark R. Chassin, MD., FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. "We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients."
In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, PinnacleHealth System will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.


About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at