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September 14, 2011

Holy Spirit Ranks in top 14 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals for quality

Holy Spirit Hospital today was named as one of the top performers on key quality measures by the Joint Commission in its Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2011 report.

Holy Spirit Hospital ranks in the top 14 percent of all Joint Commission accredited healthcare facilities across the nation. For the first time, leading hospitals across the nation are being recognized for their 2010 performance through the Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures Program. More than 3,000 Joint Commission accredited hospitals submitted data.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Hospitals that commit themselves to accreditation-related quality improvement efforts such as the use of evidence-based treatments create better outcomes for patients and, ultimately, a healthier nation.”

“Quality care will always be the heart and soul of our mission at Holy Spirit Hospital. The patients who trust us with their very lives deserve nothing less,” says Joseph Torchia, MD, chief medical officer, Holy Spirit Hospital. “We are proud that our efforts have earned us this honor. We will continue to focus on proven ways of improving the quality of clinical care.”

In recent years Holy Spirit Hospital has received numerous top quality and performance honors, including:

• The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ highest rating for coronary artery bypass surgery for calendar year 2010

• Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®, designated by Highmark Blue Shield

• Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®, designated by Highmark Blue Shield

• Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®, designated by Highmark Blue Shield

• The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for quality in heart attack care

• ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

• “Simply the Best” hospital for four years in a row

• “Best Places to Work in PA”

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Holy Spirit received top honors for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care.

Quality, safety and patient satisfaction results for specific hospitals can be found at