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NMC Recognized as a Top Performer on Pneumonia Care-- Only VT Hospital to Earn Designation

Sep 28, 2011 3:25 pm  |  Permalink

Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) is pleased to announce that the Joint Commission has recognized NMC as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the area of pneumonia care. NMC is the only hospital in Vermont to earn the “Top Performer” designation.  For the first time, the Joint Commission’s 2011 annual report on quality and safety, Improving America’s Hospitals, lists hospitals and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

“Our staff works very hard to incorporate evidence-based practice, based on sound scientific evidence for the best patient outcomes,” says Celeste Kane Stebbins, RN, Med/Surg/ICU Nurse Manager at Northwestern Medical Center.  “We are thrilled to be recognized for our work in this area.”

As a Top Performing Hospital, NMC is among 405 hospitals being recognized for 2010, which represents the top 14 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals (of those that report core measure performance data).

On the core measure of pneumonia, NMC has consistently met this mark.  "The strength of the Core Measures is that they are really grounded in science," says Jane Catton, RN, NMC's Chief Quality Officer/Director of Process Improvement. “They are not put out there with the directive to 'do it because we want you to', but rather— they have been carefully researched and have scientifically shown they will improve outcomes.  I am proud of the hard work of our staff to earn this designation from the Joint Commission."

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

For more information on the Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation, please visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx. For more information about quality measures at NMC, please visit www.northwesternmedicalcenter.org/hospital-report-card.