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Hutchinson Health Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Hutchinson Health today announced it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Hutchinson Health was 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 for pneumonia, surgical care, VTE, and Immunization. Hutchinson Health is one of 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

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

·         Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

·         Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

·         Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“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 Hutchinson Health for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Hutchinson Health 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 Steve Mulder, MD, president and CEO, Hutchinson Health. Hutchinson Health is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” said Dr. Mulder.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx

Thank you Laurie Thompson

Laurie Thompson, from Brownton, spends her time kitting and crocheting hats for Hutchinson Health’s newborn babies and cancer patients. She loves to “pay it forward” and spread her gift to people. She is pictured here with the last 6 months labor of love. Laurie gets a genuine sense of reward sharing her talent with people, that would appreciate a ” little color in their lives.” The newborn caps are super soft and cozy. The caps intended for our cancer patients even have some bling to dazzle them up.
She makes the caps in bright colors to bring a ray of sunshine into people’s lives. Thank you Laurie for your generous donation of time and talent.

Laurie Thompson knitted hats for patients

Back to the Basics

The Hutchinson Leader recently did a story on Park Elementary’s improvements with their school lunch program.  Thank you, Hutchinson Public Schools, for continuing to make the effort to improve quality food (and learning) for our students.
We support the move towards meals made from scratch, but know these changes can be even more effective if parents, grandparents and caregivers are incorporating more fruits and veggies, healthier substitutes and more meals made from scratch. 

Flu Season is Here

Influenza Facebook Announcement 2015

One Book, One Community 2016

Book Read LogoJust in time for your holiday gift giving lists, the One Book, One Community invites you to experience a 2,250 mile adventure with us in our 2016 Community Book Read with Canoeing with the Cree by Eric Sevareid.