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PHCS Earns "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™" Recognition from The Joint Commission

Sep 21, 2012

For the second straight year, Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

PHCS was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. PHCS was recognized for its achievement in the following areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

"Safe and effective patient care has always been our top priority,” said Barry Rabner, president and CEO of PHCS.  “This recognition provides patients added assurance that they will receive the high-quality medical treatment they expect and deserve from Princeton HealthCare System.”

PHCS is one of just 14 hospitals in New Jersey to earn the Top Performer distinction and is in the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals nationwide that report core measure performance data. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

Each of the hospitals that were named a Top Performer scored 95 percent or above on accountability measures that it reports to The Joint Commission.  Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, PHCS will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org.