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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

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    Katie Kidder, Marketing & Communications
    209-572-5900

    One of Seven Sutter Health Affiliate Hospitals Honored for Quality Performance in 2011.

    Tracy, September 19, 2012 – Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, part of the Sutter Health network, today 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. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital 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.

    Sutter Tracy Community Hospital 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. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure set: pneumonia and surgical care. 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 Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on the following measure sets: pneumonia and surgical care.

    Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) 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. "This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today's health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients."

    "We have continued to focus on ways to make patient care more affordable while focusing on providing quality clinical care," said David M. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. "Sutter Tracy Community Hospital 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."

    In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website. 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.

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    About Sutter Tracy Community Hospital:
    Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.