Tanner Hospitals Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition From The Joint Commission
Posted Date: 11/27/2013
All three of Tanner’s inpatient acute and critical access hospitals have been named among the nation’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.
The Joint Commission recognized Tanner Health System’s facilities for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that have been shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
The acute care Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton and Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, as well as the critical access Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, were among only 35 Georgia hospitals—1,099 hospitals nationally—named to this year’s list of top performers by The Joint Commission. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of top performers increased by 77 percent from last year, representing 33 percent of the more than 3,300 eligible accredited hospitals that reported data.
“This recognition is further evidence that our commitment to being in the top 10 percent of hospitals in key quality measures and patient experience are paying dividends for our patients,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System. “Tanner is proud to be among the elite hospitals in the nation when it comes to our level of care, and to earn the distinctions we have. It means that members of our community can be confident that they’re going to receive the best possible care at Tanner.”
Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton was recognized for its performance in caring for patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, as well as for surgical care. Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica was recognized for treating heart attack and pneumonia in addition to its surgical care, and Higgins General Hospital was recognized for treating pneumonia.
“Of the 116 Georgia hospitals that submitted data to The Joint Commission in 2012, only 35 made the list of Top Performer hospitals,” said William Waters IV, MD, chief medical officer of Tanner Health System. “While many hospitals know how to deliver effective care and provide for favorable outcomes, Tanner’s emphasis is on doing that in every situation, every time, for every patient. Our medical staff and our patient care teams have access to the latest research and treatments, but the defining feature of our organization continues to be that our team members work together to ensure that patients receive the best possible care every single time.”
Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica and Higgins General Hospital are among only 182 hospitals nationally that earned the “Top Performer” distinction for three years in a row. All three of Tanner’s hospitals are among the 244 hospitals that have received the distinction for the last two years. This is only the third year that The Joint Commission has compiled its list of top performers.
Joint Commission accreditation reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and Willowbrooke at Tanner, as well at Tanner Home Health and Tanner Hospice Care, are accredited by The Joint Commission.
Each accountability measure analyzed by The Joint Commission represents an evidence-based practice, such as providing aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery and more.
“Tanner Health System’s three hospitals and all of the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark Chassin, MD, president and CEO of 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.”
Tanner Health System has earned statewide and national attention in the past year for its focus on quality and patient experience. All three of the system’s hospitals earned a spot on the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Quality Honor Roll, Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton earned an “A” for patient safety on the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score index, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica placed in the Safety Leader’s Circle of GHA’s Hospital Engagement Network and Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, for the second consecutive year, was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation on the iVantage HealthStrong Index. Last year, healthcare research firm Thomson Reuters named Tanner one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the Nation.
In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s annual report, “Improving America’s Hospitals,” Tanner’s facilities will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site, www.qualitycheck.org. More information on Tanner’s level of quality care is online at www.TannerQuality.org.