November 5, 2013

Maury Regional Medical Center earns recognition from The Joint Commission

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. MRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

MRMC is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction as a 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 Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

MRMC 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. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice such as giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients.

“MRMC and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Maury Regional Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Maury Regional is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and I applaud the efforts of our physicians, staff and volunteers to provide outstanding care to our patients,” said CEO Alan Watson.

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, MRMC will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.