Mountain View Hospital November 18, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY - Mountain View Hospital is among only 15 in Utah and 1,043 nationwide named a "Top Performers on Key Quality Measures"(R) in The Joint Commission's Annual Report 2015. It is one of only 117 hospitals nationwide recognized as a Top Performer each of the five years the program has been in existence. It is among only five Utah hospitals recognized for consistently delivering evidence-based care to patients experiencing a heart attack, pneumonia or undergoing surgery during the 2014 calendar year. "We are proud of the quality improvement initiatives being carried out at our hospital," said Kevin Johnson, CEO at Mountain View Hospital. 
"Our care teams utilize evidence-based practices to ensure that high-quality care is delivered to all of our patients. This combined effort leads to the most successful outcomes possible for our community."

The Top Performer award places Mountain View Hospital among the top 18 percent of 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data. This notable designation is the direct result of a concerted team effort to further enhance the quality and safety of patient care throughout the hospital. It confirms that evidence-based clinical practices proven to ensure better outcomes are fully integrated into the delivery of patient care at this hospital.

"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 Mountain View Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For the past five years, The Joint Commission has recognized top performers; hospitals that meet 49 accountability measures of evidence-based clinical practices. These measures have proven to improve patient care and ensure the best outcomes possible. Currently, U.S. hospitals are required to meet core measures while treating patients for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and providing surgical care. Requirements to become a Top Performer on key quality measures based on 2014 data:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across allreported 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.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided evidence-based care 95 out of 100 opportunities to do so. Each area of practice includes several accountability measures. For example, giving patients with heart attack symptoms an aspirin at arrival, administering antibiotics one hour before surgery, and obtaining a blood culture within 24 hours after arrival for patients hospitalized with pneumonia 
symptoms.

Effective January 2014, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide submitted data related to additional core measure sets. 
Those areas of care include children's asthma, venous thromboembolism, stroke, inpatient psychiatric services, immunization, perinatal care, tobacco treatment and substance use.

The "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures"(R) list is featured in The Joint Commission's Annual Report, "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety". Out of more than 3,300 accredited U.S. hospitals that reported accountability measure data for 2014, 1,043 hospitals are "Top Performer" hospitals. More details, the complete list of recognized hospitals and the measure sets are available at http://www.jointcommission.org/.