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For Immediate Release: December 27, 2013

Hospital recognized for AMI, pneumonia, heart failure and stroke care

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center was recently was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Joint Commission recognized AtlantiCare for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for AMI (acute myocardial infarction), pneumonia, heart failure and stroke patients.

"The distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures is a testament to our commitment to providing quality care for our community," said Joan Brennan, DNP, RN, CPPS, vice president, Quality and Performance Excellence, AtlantiCare.

ARMC is one of 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 in 2012. The clinical processes evaluated focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. 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 represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

As a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, ARMC 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.

"AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center 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, MD., FACP, MPP, MPH, 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."

The Joint Commission has included ARMC in its "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, and recognized the hospital on its Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program is featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

For more information about quality initiatives at AtlantiCare, visit its Quality Page on the AtlantiCare website. For additional information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org, or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

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AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,221 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013