Four University of Maryland Medical System Hospitals Earn 'Top Performer' Recognition from the Joint Commission

For immediate release: November 13, 2014

BALTIMORE – Nov. 13, 2014 – The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is pleased to announce that four of its hospitals have been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for achieving excellence in performance on their accountability measures during 2013. The hospitals and their recognized measure sets are:

  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (LaPlata, formerly Civista Medical Center): heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care

  • University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (Havre De Grace): heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care

  • University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus (Baltimore, formerly Maryland General Hospital): Heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care

  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air): Heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care

These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in accountability measure performance shown to improve care for certain conditions, and are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the distinction as a 2013 Top Performer.

“At the University of Maryland Medical System, we have made it a top priority to address patient safety and quality health care by improving upon our evidence-based care processes,” said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to have four hospitals named as Top Performers, and thank the staff of these institutions for their knowledge, teamwork and dedication to performance.”

To be named a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 

  • Achieving performance of 95 percent 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 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

For more information about the Top Performer program, including eligibility criteria, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

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