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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

September 19 2012

Stefanie Asin
The Methodist Hospital System
Phone: 832-667-5809

Methodist Willowbrook Earns ´Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™´ Recognition from The Joint Commission

(Houston, TX) – Sept. 19, 2012 – Methodist Willowbrook Hospital today was named one of the nation´s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that improve care for certain conditions including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children´s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

Methodist Willowbrook is one of 620 hospitals in the United States, and six in the Houston area, to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Methodist Willowbrook was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during 2011. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

"We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, high-quality health care. That´s why this recognition is so important to us—it represents our focus and our commitment to our patients," said Beryl Ramsey, Willowbrook CEO.

In addition to being included in today´s release of The Joint Commission´s "Improving America´s Hospitals" annual report, Willowbrook will be recognized on The Joint Commission´s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.