The Joint Commission 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa was named a 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Joint Commission, in their newest report, recognized exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise represent the only Treasure Valley providers to receive all four of the Top Performer awards for 2012, making them the preferred destinations for nationally-renowned care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery.
Saint Alphonsus in Nampa and Boise are two of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise were both recognized for their achievements on measure sets including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95% or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95% or above on each reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95% or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95% or above. A 95% score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.
In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Saint Alphonsus will be recognized on The Joint Commissions’ Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in the treatment of heart failure. Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. This achievement was released with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
The report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, an average of 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa not only performs at a 5 star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in this condition, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2014.
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification means that Saint Alphonsus has been recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular conditions (e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc.) and pulmonary conditions (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms, etc.) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
"Cardiovascular rehabilitation is shown to be a key differentiator in patient's recovery, quality of life and overall health. The recognition by the AACVPR shows the high level of care offered by the staff and caregivers. As the medical director of the program I am proud of the work of the team," J. Antonio Lopez, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Saint Alphonsus Cardiovascular Rehabilitation.