Long Branch, NJ – Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, was recently named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Monmouth Medical Center was one of 14 hospitals in New Jersey to achieve this important designation, and is among just two hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties to earn this recognition.
Monmouth Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.
In order to qualify as a Top Performer according to The Joint Commisison, hospitals must achieve 95 percent or better in at least two of the National Quality Goals during 2011. The National Quality Goals are Myocardial Infarction, Pneumonia, Heart Failure, and Surgical Care, and Monmouth Medical Center achieved more than 95 percent in all four of these quality care measures.
This is the second year in a row that Monmouth Medical Center is being recognized as a Top Performer, and Monmouth is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year Monmouth Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement during 2010 on a host of measure sets that included heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
“It’s gratifying to be nationally recognized for the high quality of care that is provided at Monmouth Medical Center by our physicians and hospital staff, and I am very proud to achieve this designation for the second year in a row,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care. That’s why Monmouth has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to again be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”
Monmouth Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”
In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Monmouth Medical Center is recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will also be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
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