Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals were both named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission in early November.
Kish and Valley West are two of 1,099 hospitals in the United States that earned the distinction by attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, was recognized for its achievements in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. Valley West Hospital, Sandwich, was recognized for its achievements in pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings for both hospitals are based on a combination of data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
An accountability measure is a quality measure that meets four criteria designed to identify interventions that produce the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes. A cumulative score of 95 percent or above is needed in each reported data set. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing antithrombotic therapy at discharge for stroke patients.
“We understand that what matters most to KishHealth System patients is safe, effective care. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to accreditation at both Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals, and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care. The entire health system is proud to receive this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Brad Copple, Kishwaukee and Valley West hospital president.
Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals take part in a number of quality, patient satisfaction and Medicare and Medicaid surveys that also rate clinical performance to ensure the health system’s commitment to excellent patient outcomes.