• Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is one of only 244 hospitals nationwide to earn distinction two years in a row


North Charleston, S.C./ September 19, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Trident Health has been recognized as a Top Hospital in Quality by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America . Trident, Summerville and Moncks Corner Medical Centers attained some of the highest performance scores in the nation in treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.

            Trident Health is one of the 620 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 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year, and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

Trident is the only Charleston area hospital and is one of only 244 (39%) hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, Trident was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on the following measure setsheart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. “To be the only Charleston area hospital to earn this recognition two years in a row says a great deal about our commitment to patient care. This year’s achievement displays the high quality of care patients can expect to receive when they come to Trident, Summerville or Moncks Corner Medical Center,” said Todd Gallati, Trident Health CEO.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

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

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Trident Health will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.


Trident Health is an HCA health system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the second year in a row. In 2011, Trident Health provided almost $45 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $38 million in taxes.Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.

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