Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care today announced that eight of its hospitals have been recognized as 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The hospitals were recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety" for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The eight Aurora Health Care facilities are among only 1,043 hospitals in the United States to earn the 2014 Top Performers 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, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.
Aurora hospitals receiving recognition include:
"Aurora Health Care is proud to be recognized by The Joint Commission for the outstanding, high-quality care that that our caregivers diligently work to deliver day in and day out," said Gerard Colman, chief operating officer for Aurora Health Care. "This distinction speaks to our ongoing commitment and achievement in clinical excellence and best patient outcomes."
To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:
"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 Aurora Health Care for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx
About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.
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