Spectrum hospitals named top performers

REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital were named top performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza. Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals are two of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of top performers on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital was recognized for its achievements in pneumonia and surgical care, while Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital was recognized for its achievement in pneumonia care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

The list of top performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must:

  • achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures,
  • achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases, and
  • have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice — examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals is safe, effective care,” said Sam Daugherty, president of both facilities. “That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals are proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission top performer on Key Quality Measures.”