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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Memorial Hospital Los Banos Named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission

    For more information, contact:
    Craig Baize, Marketing & Communications
    209-572-5900

    Los Banos, November 7, 2013 – Memorial Hospital Los Banos (MHLB), part of the Sutter Health network, was named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America..

    MHLB was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

    MHLB was recognized for its achievement in Pneumonia Care. This is the third year in a row that MHLB is being recognized as a Top Performer. Memorial Hospital Los Banos is one 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. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

    “At MHLB, we have made a commitment to our patients and our community to be a leader in providing safe, quality health care,” said Richard Liszewski, Memorial Hospital Los Banos chief executive officer. “We are very proud to be recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.”

    “Memorial Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.

    Memorial Medical Center, another Sutter Health affiliate in Modesto, was also recognized as a Top Performer.

    About Memorial Hospital Los Banos:
    Memorial Hospital Los Banos 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. For more information, visit memoriallosbanos.org.