Weiss Memorial Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer On Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition From The Joint Commission for Third Year in a Row



CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2014) – Weiss 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. Weiss 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, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Weiss is one of seven hospitals in Chicago, 56 in Illinois, and 1,224 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.

Weiss also was recognized in 2012 and 2013 as a Top Performer for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Weiss is one of only 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performerdistinction for the past three consecutive years.

“Quality and safety are what matter the most to our patients,” said Anthony J. Tedeschi, M.D., chief executive officer at Weiss. “We’ve continued to focus on positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes to realize a high-quality and safe healthcare environment. The Joint Commission’s Top Performer recognition is the result of the teamwork, dedication, and skill of our entire hospital staff and physicians.”

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.

“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 Weiss 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.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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