Palm Harbor, FL -  Twelve of 15 HCA West Florida Hospitals have been named as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.  They are part of an elite group of only 620 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

HCA West Florida hospitals named Top Performers for 2011 include Brandon Regional Hospital, Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Largo Medical Center, Medical Center of Trinity, Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, St. Petersburg General Hospital and South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center.

This is the second year in a row that Central Florida Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Medical Center of Trinity (formerly Community Hospital of New Port Richey), Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and South Bay Hospital achieved this distinction.  Only 244 hospitals nationwide accomplished consecutive distinctions for 2010 and 2011.

“The hospitals of HCA West Florida are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, in a safe and secure environment,” said Peter A. Marmerstein, FACHE, President of HCA West Florida.  “Using evidence-based patient care processes with proven links to positive patient outcomes is a key driver today in achieving the best results possible for the patients we care for.”

The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of the more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals in the America reporting data to The Joint Commission.  The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

Evidence-based clinical processes are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. 

Each of the hospitals named a Top Performer met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single composite score that includes all the accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients.  Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure reported, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.  This means that 95 times out of 100, the hospital completed the evidence based practice.

“This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.H.P., President of The Joint Commission, “and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity.”

In addition to being included in today’s release of the Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, the 11 HCA West Florida facilities will be recognized on the Joint Commission’s Quality Check website. The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.