PBRMC Earns Recognition from The Joint Commission as a 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures'

Poplar Bluff, MO (Sept. 28, 2012) – Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center this week 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. PBRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

PBRMC is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.  PBRMC and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Missouri, also a Health Management Associates hospital, are the only two hospitals in the entire Southeast Missouri region to earn this distinction. 

PBRMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.  The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

This is the second year in a row that PBRMC is being recognized as a Top Performer.  PBRMC is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, the hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and child asthma care.

PBRMC is one of 41 hospitals operated by Health Management Associates, Inc. to be named to the Top Performer list.  It is also one of 30 Health Management hospitals to be a Top Performer in both years of this recognition program.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent  performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. 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 at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” 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 PBRMC is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. It is all part of our commitment to always strive to put patients first. PBRMC is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for the second year in a row,” says Charles Stewart, Market CEO for PBRMC and the Missouri region.

In addition to being included in last week’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, PBRMC will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

About Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is located in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and considered a regional medical hub for Butler County and seven other surrounding counties.  The medical center employs more than 1,250 employees, making it the largest employer in the community.  PBRMC is currently building a new $173 million hospital facility.  PBRMC continually strives toward its mission is to provide passionate, quality-focused patient care.