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BMC & Fairview Achieve Top Performer Rank

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital have been recognized as 2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the U.S. BMC and Fairview were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report ‘America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.’ BMC was cited for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, and Fairview was recognized for pneumonia and surgical care.

BMC and Fairview are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. This is the third straight year BMC and Fairview have been recognized as Joint Commission Top Performers, making them two of only 314 hospitals nationwide to be honored for that consecutive period.

“Berkshire Health Systems has a continual commitment to achieving the highest quality in the delivery of care to our community,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “Over the past several years, BMC and Fairview have implemented evidence-based clinical processes that have been shown to improve care, and the positive outcomes our patients are experiencing are the most important measure of the success of these initiatives. Our results are why independent national organizations, such as The Joint Commission and many others recognize the level of care that BHS, our physicians, nurses and staff provide in critical areas of care. Our community can be confident that the care they receive here, right at home, is the best available.”

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.

To be a 2013 top performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including: Achieving cumulative performance of 95% or above across all reported accountability measures; achieving performance of 95% or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95% or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95% or above.

“We understand what matters most to patients at BMC and Fairview is the quality and safety of the care they receive and that is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Diane Kelly, RN, BMC chief operating officer and Eugene Dellea, Fairview president.

“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 Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO of the Joint Commission.