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Medical Center of Trinity Earns Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

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September 21, 2012

Pasco/Pinellas/Hillsborough County, Florida – Medical Center of Trinity has been named as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. The hospital is part of an elite group of only 620 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Medical Center of Trinity was recognized as a Top Performer for its achievement on the following measure sets:  Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data to the Joint Commission. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. Evidence-based clinical processes are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer 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 reported 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 reported, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. This means that 95 times out of a 100, the hospital completed the evidence-based practice, such as giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients.

“This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission, “and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity.”

“Our facility has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes.  We understand patients want safe, effective care and we take with great pride the recognition by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Leigh Massengill CEO of Medical Center of Trinity.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s ”Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Medical Center of Trinity will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

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