Caldwell Memorial Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Lenoir, NC – Caldwell Memorial Hospital 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. Caldwell 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, pneumonia, and surgical care. Caldwell is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States 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 Caldwell Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Caldwell was recognized in 2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for pneumonia and surgery. Caldwell 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.
For the 2013 performance year, Caldwell is proud to report performance achievement of 100 percent in the measures of heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care.
“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 Caldwell Memorial Hospital 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.
“We understand what matters most to patients at Caldwell is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Laura Easton, President and CEO. Caldwell is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

About Caldwell Memorial Hospital
A member of the nationally-recognized UNC Health Care System since May 1, 2013, Caldwell Memorial Hospital is the private, not-for-profit community hospital located in Lenoir, North Carolina. Since opening in January of 1951, it has continued to grow and change in order to meet the healthcare needs of its community. Anchored by a high-quality 110-bed acute care hospital and a provider network of more than sixty primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice professionals, the mission of Caldwell Memorial Hospital is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to its community.  www.caldwellmemorial.org

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