Harlan ARH Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

9/14/2011

Harlan ARH Hospital today was 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.

Harlan ARH was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Harlan ARH is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

”We are very proud of the staff at Harlan ARH Hospital for earning this Joint Commission recognition which highlights the level of commitment that our employees have in providing the community with quality healthcare,” says ARH President & CEO Jerry W. Haynes.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Harlan ARH was recognized for achieving these thresholds for heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care improvement.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Harlan ARH that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Harlan ARH — safe, effective care,” says Dan Stone, Harlan ARH Community CEO. “That’s why Harlan ARH has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Harlan ARH is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

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

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Harlan ARH is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.


The ARH system employs more than 4,700 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided more than $120 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.


Consistently recognized for its medical excellence, the ARH system was one of two Kentucky health systems to be named earlier this year to the 2011 SDI IHN 100 listing of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and was selected as the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Most recently, the Harlan ARH Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.


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