Weiss Memorial Hospital Earns “Top Performer On Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission for the Second Consecutive Year

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CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2013) — Weiss Memorial Hospital today was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Weiss was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Weiss is one of five hospitals in Chicago, one of 35 in Illinois and one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Weiss was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

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.

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.

Weiss and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures achieved the following:

  •  Cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures
  • Performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases
  • One or more 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 Weiss – safe and quality care,” says Anthony J. Tedeschi, M.D., chief executive officer at Weiss. “Weiss has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes, so we’re honored to see our efforts recognized by The Joint Commission in this way.”

Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission, notes: “Weiss Memorial Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement.”

Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performerdistinction. “This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients,” adds Dr. Chassin.

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


For more information, please contact:
Weiss Public Relations
(773) 564-7285