St. Christopher's Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Recognition by The Joint Commission

Top Quote St. Christopher's the only hospital in Pennsylvania to receive 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for children's asthma. End Quote
  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) December 02, 2015 - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, located at 160 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for children's asthma by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. St. Christopher's is the only hospital in Pennsylvania to receive this particular recognition for 2013.

    St. Christopher's was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for asthma in 2014. The hospital is one of 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 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.

    This is the fourth year that St. Christopher's has been recognized as a Top Performer; the hospital was also recognized in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (in 2012 with the 2011 award; in 2013 with the 2012 award; in 2014 with the 2013 award) for its performance on accountability measure data for children's asthma.

    "St. Christopher's remains dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized care to our patients and their families in a safe and efficient way. We are proud to once again be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ," says J. Mark McLoone, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher's. "This recognition exemplifies the knowledge, dedication and teamwork that is seen in the staff throughout St. Christopher's, especially in the area asthma care."

    Through St. Christopher's A-HA Clinic (After Hospital Asthma), specialists at St. Christopher's work to improve better asthma management and education, increase post-hospital follow-up visits, and decrease re-admissions and repeat visits to the emergency room for asthma.
    To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:
    • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
    • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
    • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

    Accountability measures address compliance with administration of asthma medications during the hospital stay, and with assuring patients receive a home management plan of care at the time of discharge. In 2012 and 2013, St. Christopher's Hospital sustained 100% performance on asthma medication management, and in 2014, the hospital sustained 96.7% performance on asthma medication management.

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