January 12, 2016

Seven Ministry Health Care Facilities Recognized as Top Performers by Joint Commission


1/12/2016

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(Milwaukee, WI) — Seven facilities in the Ministry Health Care system have been recognized as 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton; Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield; Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill; Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh; Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander; Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point and Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report "America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance in a variety key quality measures.

About one thousand hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible in the United States received 2014 Top Performer distinction. In total 36 Wisconsin Hospitals were named Top Performers in the report.

"We understand what matters most to patients at Ministry Health Care is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," said Tom Veeser, Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry Health Care. "We are proud of our facilities recognized in the Top Performer program as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire staff."

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes in 12 key performance measures.

Ministry facilities were recognized for their high performance in surgical care and immunization compliance as well as treating and preventing heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, venous thromboembolism and stroke.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

"Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of these Ministry Health Care facilities for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information on the Top Performer program, visit jointcommission.org.

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About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care (ministryhealth.org) is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and 10,000 associates, including 700 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In 2013, Ministry Health Care joined Ascension, the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. In that same year, Ministry became part of Integrated Health Network (IHN), which represents more than 5,000 physicians, 500 clinics and 42 hospitals in northern, central and eastern Wisconsin. IHN was created to improve the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare services in the markets served by its members.

Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics, and five Ministry hospitals are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Network Health, co-owned by Ministry Health Care and Froedtert Health, has received 4½-star recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Medicare Advantage plans.

About Ascension
Ascension (ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and those struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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