WCCH Earns "Top Performer" Recognition from Joint Commission


Wytheville, Virginia –  Wythe County Community Hospital has been 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.  Wythe County 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 thrombo embolism as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

Wythe County Community Hospital is one of 620 hospitals in the United States earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability following measure sets:  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 more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 98 percent performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.  Each accountability measure represents an evidence based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results, “ says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, 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.”
Tim Bess, Wythe County Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer says, “It is the hard work and commitment of our physicians and employees who made this happen.  We continue our commitment to insure safe, effective care to the patients who live and work in our communities.  We are truly humbled  and proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals’  annual report, Wythe County Community Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.  The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

About Wythe County Community Hospital
Wythe County Community Hospital is a 100 - bed acute care hospital that serves the residents of Wythe and Bland counties, and is fully accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital offers 24-hour Emergency Care, Surgical Services, Extended Care Services, Intensive Care, Women's Services, Radiology Services, Rehabilitation Services, Hospice, Home Health, Cardiology, Respiratory, Cancer Services, Pastoral Care and Community/Occupational Education. For more information on Wythe County Community Hospital, visit www.wcchcares.com.

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