Packard Children’s Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition From The Joint Commission

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford today was named one of the nation’s by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Packard Children’s 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.

The hospital is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible 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, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

“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.”

“Our entire staff and medical staff understand that what matters most to patients at Packard Children’s is safe, effective, family-centered care,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO. “That’s why we’ve made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We’re proud to make the Joint Commission list, and it demonstrates that what we are doing is working.”

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “, Packard Children’swill be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue ofand the October issue of .

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is an internationally recognized 311-bed hospital, research center and leading regional medical network providing the full complement of services for the health of children and expectant mothers. In partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine, our world-class doctors and nurses deliver innovative, family-centered care in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, tailored to every patient. Packard Children’s is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by and is the only Northern California children’s hospital with specialty programs ranked in the Top 10. Learn more about us at and about our continuing growth at . Like us on , watch us on and follow us on .