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St Lukes Hospitals Earn Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

St. Luke's University Health Network Hospitals Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

St. Luke's Warren Campus Recognized Third Consecutive Year; Miners Campus for Second

Bethlehem, PA (11/13/2013) - Five of the hospitals in the St. Luke's University Health Network were named as the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. St. Luke's hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, influenza and inpatient psychiatric services.

St. Luke's Allentown Campus, St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem, St. Luke's Quakertown CampusSt. Luke's Miners Campus and St. Luke's Warren Campus are five of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 77 percent from last year and represents 33 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability performance data for 2012.

St. Luke's Warren Campus: Top Performer for a Third Consecutive Year

St. Luke's Warren Campus has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer for the third consecutive year. For 2012, St. Luke's Warren Campus was recognized for the following conditions:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care

“I could not be more proud of the team at St. Luke's Warren,” said Scott R. Wolfe, President, St. Luke's Warren Campus. “Our hospital is one of only 182 hospitals in the entire nation to earn this recognition for the third consecutive year. It is especially gratifying to be part of a Network that values these types of achievements.”

St. Luke's Miners Campus: Top Performer for a Second Consecutive Year

This is the second year in a row that St. Luke's Miners Campus is being recognized as a Top Performer for both Pneumonia and Surgical Care. St. Luke's Miners Campus is one of only 424 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. For 2012, St. Luke's Miners Campus was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement in the following measures:

  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical care

“Being among only 424 hospitals to earn this recognition for the second year confirms the excellent care our patients are receiving from their community-based hospital,” said Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Miners Campus. “Maintaining excellence as we add additional specialty care and expand services is truly a remarkable achievement.”

2012 Top Performers: Allentown, Bethlehem and Quakertown Locations

The following hospitals were recognized for achievements in the following measures:

St. Luke's Allentown Campus and St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care

St. Luke's Quakertown Campus

  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care

St. Luke's Anderson Campus was not included in the Joint Commission survey because the hospital opened in November 2011 and lacked complete data to be included in the measures.

What Matters Most to Patients is Safe, Effective Care

“We understand that what matters most to patients at St. Luke's is safe, effective care. That's why St. Luke's University Health Network has made a commitment to ensure patients receive the care that is demonstrated through scientific evidence to improve patient outcomes. We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Donna Sabol, RN, MSN, VP & Chief Quality Officer, St. Luke's University Health Network.

Performance Measures

St. Luke's 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 each and 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 – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

Commitment to Quality Improvement

“St. Luke's 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, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer, 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.”

In addition to being included in last week's release of The Joint Commission's “Improving America's Hospitals” annual report, St. Luke's will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check web site. The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Source.


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St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4104
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