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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Sutter Health Hospitals in the Central Valley Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

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    Sutter Health Central Valley Region
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    Modesto, November 13, 2014 – Sutter Health Central Valley Region President David P. Benn announced today that all three Central Valley Sutter Health hospitals have been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

    Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Modesto, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) and Memorial Hospital Los Banos (MHLB) were all recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

    MMC and STCH were top performers in four measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care, while MHLB was recognized for top performance in the Pneumonia measure set. They are three of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 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.

    Sutter’s Central Valley hospitals have been previously recognized as Top Performers. MHLB is one of only 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years, while MMC is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years. This is the second year STCH has been recognized as a Top Performer, as it was previously recognized for its performance on accountability measure data in 2011 for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

    To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 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 Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital Los Banos 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 our patients 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 Benn. “I speak on behalf of all of our nurses, physicians and staff throughout the Central Valley when I say we are proud to have our hospitals named as a Top Performer.”

    More information about the Top Performer program.

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    About Sutter Health Central Valley Region:
    The Sutter Health Central Valley Region includes Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation care centers in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties. Sutter Health is 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.