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

November 20, 2014

Shore is the only health care organization in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to receive this distinction

Shore Medical Center (SMC) today announced it 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. SMC 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 Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. SMC is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States and the only hospital in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties 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.

This is the second year SMC has been recognized as a Top Performer. SMC was recognized in 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.  It is one of only 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 Shore Medical Center for their 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.

“Shore is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.  These measurements show the excellence of quality and care that patients receive at Shore,” said Ron Johnson, president and CEO of Shore Medical Center.

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