Oakwood Heritage Hospital earns national recognition from The Joint Commission

Oakwood Heritage Hospital (OHH) in Taylor was named as a national top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Oakwood Heritage is part of an elite group of just 620 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals across the nation that earned the distinction of top performer on key quality measures, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.
OHH earned the distinction based on heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure and surgical care.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Oakwood Healthcare’s various sites is safe, effective, patient-focused care,” said Brian Connolly, president and chief executive officer of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. “Our entire organization has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Oakwood Heritage Hospital’s recognition for quality by The Joint Commission demonstrates how dedicated our physicians, employees and volunteers are in the pursuit of excellence in clinical care.”

This is the second consecutive year that OHH is being recognized as a Top Performer and is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved this distinction two years in a row. Last year, OHH was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement in data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” said 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 patients.”

“This recognition falls right in line with Oakwood’s focused, relentless and continuous pursuit of excellence and goes straight to the heart of the Oakwood credo—‘The patient comes first,” said Kelly C. Smith, chief operating officer of Oakwood Heritage Hospital. “The entire group of physicians and other clinicians at our hospital has been working tirelessly to exceed top decile across a multitude of quality indicators that we track for every patient, every day. Inclusion on this prestigious list—especially when so many other local hospitals were absent—speaks volumes about the dedication of the team at Heritage. This award acknowledges their dedication and I certainly am proud to work here.”

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, an organization must have met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they must have achieved a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures were factored into a single score—including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. They must also have met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they reported data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients. The Joint Commission’s stringent standards for this list demonstrate that we’ve had success in meeting the Oakwood goals for excellence in clinical care, and that translates to a high quality, safe environment for our patients.”

More information about the list can be found in The Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospitals annual report and on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website.
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