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Covenant Children’s Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

11/19/2014

Covenant Health today announced Covenant Children's has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Covenant Children's was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2014 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for children's asthma. Covenant Children's is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 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, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

"We understand what matters most to patients and families that put their trust in Covenant Children's is the quality and safety of the care they receive," said Chris Dougherty, CEO of Covenant Children's. "That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named a Top Performer, as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff."

This is the second year Covenant Children's has been recognized as a Top Performer. Covenant Children's was recognized in 2012 also for its performance on accountability measure data for children's asthma.

Covenant Children's is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

"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 Covenant Children's for its excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

CONTACT: Kim McAuley, quality management, Covenant Children's, (806) 725-6734 or kmcauley@covhs.org

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