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Published on November 01, 2013

Leading U.S. hospital inspector names UHS Hospitals only 'Top Performer' in region

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November 1, 2013

UHS Hospitals has been named the only "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures" in the Southern Tier by The Joint Commission, America's leading accreditor of hospitals and healthcare organizations.

The Joint Commission on Oct. 31 recognized UHS Hospitals for outstanding performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are known to improve care for patients with certain types of conditions and needs.

These conditions and needs include heart attack, heart failure, surgery, pneumonia, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services and immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

"We know that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care," said Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of the UHS healthcare system.  "That's why we have a long-standing commitment to implementing scientifically sound medical practices that have been proven to save lives."

UHS Hospitals is one of only  45 hospital organizations in New York State earning the Top Performer distinction for reaching and sustaining excellence in the measured areas.

UHS Hospitals was lauded especially for its outstanding track record in treating patients with heart attacks, those with heart failure and those undergoing surgery.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of what are called "accountability measure data," reported to The Joint Commission during the most recently completed calendar year.

The list of Top Performer organizations evaluated in 2012 (and announced in 2013) increased by 77 percent over the previous year, for a total of 1,099 hospitals nationwide, and represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure data for 2012.

To be honored, UHS Hospitals and the other Top Performers across the country have to demonstrate that they consistently practice medical care that has been shown to have positive effects.

These include such actions as giving heart-attack patients aspirin as soon as they arrive at the hospital, giving antibiotics to surgical patients one hour before their operations and providing parents with a home management plan of care if they have a child with asthma.

"These hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and should be proud of their achievement," said Mark Chassin, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago area-based Joint Commission.  "Our assessments show that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better outcomes for patients."

UHS has received a number of other recognitions recently for the quality and consistency of its care.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program recently honored UHS as one of 37 ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care, and the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery has designated UHS Hospitals a center of excellence in women's healthcare.

Also this year the national news magazine U.S. News & World Report named UHS among the "Best Hospitals" in the country, and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association presented UHS Wilson Medical Center with a Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

UHS Hospitals, which includes UHS Wilson and UHS Binghamton General Hospital, is a designated trauma, stroke and chest pain center, home to the CyberKnife Center of New York, and a leading referral center for heart, cancer, neurosurgical and other major medical specialties.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.
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