Thursday, November 7, 2013
For the third year in a row, the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, has recognized Trident Health as a Top Hospital in Quality. Trident, Summerville and Moncks Corner Medical Centers attained some of the highest performance scores in the nation in treating heart attacks, heart failure, surgical care and pneumonia. Trident is the only Charleston area hospital and is one of only 182 (5%) hospitals that achieved the distinction three years in a row. Trident Health is one of the 1,099 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 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 77 percent from its debut last year, and represents 33 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data. Last year, The Joint Commission recognized Trident for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. “We are proud to be in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation, that says a lot about our commitment to patient care,” said Todd Gallati, Trident Health CEO. Trident Health and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. 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 of care for children with asthma. Trident Health is an HCA hospital 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. In 2012, Trident Health provided almost $40 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $27 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.