For the third year in a row Huntington Beach Hospital was named one of
Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in America. Huntington Beach Hospital was recognized for exemplary performance
in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care
for certain conditions, including heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.
The hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure
sets: pneumonia and surgical care. Huntington Beach Hospital is one of
only 182 hospitals that achieved the distinction three years in a row.
"We understand that what matters most to patients at Huntington Beach
Hospital is safe, effective care. That's why Huntington Beach Hospital
has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes
through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named to the
list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers," said Sofia Abrina,
Administrator of Huntington Beach Hospital.
Huntington Beach Hospital and each of the hospitals that were named as a
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across
all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent
or above on every reported accountability measure where there are at least
30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one 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 – 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.
"Huntington Beach Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have
demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they
should be proud of their achievement," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D.,
FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "We have much
to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained
or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that
we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that
will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients."