TLRMC named a “Top Performer”

Matt Lasley Reporter

November 5, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has been announced as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation of healthcare organizations in America.

The local hospital is one of only 25 Kentucky hospitals to be recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in 2012, according to a press release from TLRMC.

“Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and all Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark Chassin, M.D., president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “We are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

TLRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for “exemplary performance during 2012 in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for pneumonia and surgical care,” said TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing Bill Oldham.

On the recognition, TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether said, “We are proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for the second year in a row.”

More than 3,400 eligible, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reported accountability measure data to The Joint Commission in 2012, and only 33% of those hospitals have been recognized as Top Performers.

Of the 1,099 hospitals to receive the honor, only 424, including TLRMC, were named Top Performers for two consecutive years.

“Those 424 hospitals represent only 12% of eligible hospitals, which places TLRMC in select company among U.S. hospitals,” Oldham said.

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

While the recognition is appreciated, Meriwether said providing outstanding care is the hospital’s primary goal.

“What matters most to our employees is to provide patients with safe, effective care,” he said. “That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The list of hospitals honored was released by The Joint Commission on October 30.

The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.