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PVMC Earns Top Performer Award

Date: 09/27/11


Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) was recently named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations inAmerica . PVMC was recognized for achieving excellence in adhering to evidence-based practices that enhance heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical patient outcomes.

PVMC is one of only five hospitals in Colorado being honored with this recognition, an achievement only 14 percent of accredited hospitals have attained nationally, and some of the most highly regarded hospitals in the United States, from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., did not make the list. Inclusion on the list is based on hospital performance reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.

“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care. That’s why Platte Valley Medical Center has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” explains PVMC President and CEO John Hicks. “We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

Platte Valley Medical Center was recognized as a top performer because it surpassed a 95% threshold on safety and quality measures reported to TJC. This means that PVMC consistently utilized evidenced-based approaches to patient care founded upon current research and medical best practices. Examples of evidence-based care include measures to expedite the time heart attack patients receive key life-saving therapies, ensuring consistent and appropriate treatment for hospitalized patients with pneumonia, and accurate and timely actions to diminish the risk of infection and other surgical complications.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals, such as Platte Valley Medical Center, that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality care,” says Mark. R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P. M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s“Improving America ’s Hospital’s” annual report (http://www.jointcommission.org/annualreport.aspx ), Platte Valley Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org ).


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