Charleston, SC - For the fourth year in a row, Trident Health has been recognized as a Top Hospital in Quality by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America . Trident, Summerville and Moncks Corner Medical Centers achieved some of the highest performance scores in the nation in treating heart attacks, heart failure, surgical care and pneumonia. 4.4% of the nation’s hospitals earned this quality designation for four straight years. Trident Health is the only hospital system in the Charleston area to achieve the recognition in 2013.
Trident Health is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 11% from the previous year.
Trident and Summerville Medical Centers are the only Charleston area hospitals and one of only 147 nationwide to achieve this distinction four years in a row. “We are very proud that our physicians and staff have a dedication to quality care that continues to benefit our patients year after year. To be in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation speaks volumes about our focus on quality patient care,” said Todd Gallati, Trident Health CEO.
Trident Health and each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin upon arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.