People come to hospitals at their most vulnerable and hopeful times – for the birth of a baby, a health emergency, surgery, the end of life. Local hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems appreciate the trust of their patients, striving to meet their needs for quality health services and their expectations for a satisfying experience. Thousands of frontline caregivers are focused on evidence-based medicine, processes and clinical care paths that improve outcomes and patient safety. Numerous awards and accreditations recognize this commitment and underscore how important quality is to our organization.
Top Performers in Key Quality Measures
The Joint Commission, a leading accrediting agency for healthcare organizations, has recognized 107 CHS-affiliated hospitals as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.® Only about one-third of the nation’s eligible hospitals were recognized for exemplary performance in using clinical processes shown to improve care for conditions including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke, venous thromboembolism, children’s asthma and inpatient psychiatric services. Of the 107 CHS-affiliated hospitals recognized this year, 88 have appeared on the list more than once. Of the 147 hospitals nationwide that have achieved the Top Performer recognition for four consecutive years, 34 are affiliated with Community Health Systems. Ratings are based on accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year. Click here to see a list of affiliated hospitals honored this year.
Patient Safety Organization
All CHS-affiliated hospitals are participants in an affiliated component Patient Safety Organization (PSO). PSOs were authorized under the Patient Safety Act of 2005 and are designed to improve the quality and safety of U.S. healthcare delivery. By providing both privilege and confidentiality, PSOs create a secure environment where clinicians and health systems can collect, aggregate and analyze data, thereby improving quality by identifying and reducing the risks and hazards associated with patient care. Currently there are only 79 listed PSOs in the United States.
Many CHS-affiliated hospitals have gained accreditation for specialized services, including:
- Advanced Primary Stroke Center Accreditation (The Joint Commission)
- Bariatric Center of Excellence (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons)
- Cancer Center Accreditation (American College of Cancer Surgeons Commission on Cancer)
- Chest Pain Center Accreditation (Society of Chest Pain Centers)
- Get with the Guidelines Performance Achievement (American Heart Association)
- Joint Replacement (Hips and Knees) Accreditation (The Joint Commission)
- Spine Surgery Certification (The Joint Commission)