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September 26, 2012

Conroe Regional Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. CRMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

CRMC is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. CRMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

Each of the hospitals that was named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. 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 for children with asthma.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at CRMC is safe, effective care,” said Jerry Nash, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of CRMC. “That’s why Conroe Regional Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™.”

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Conroe Regional Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

About Conroe Regional Medical Center

Conroe Regional Medical Center is a tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 70 years. It provides a 24-hour Trauma III emergency care center, Level III neonatal intensive care, critical care, cardiac care services and has a Satellite Imaging Center – Lake Area Imaging in Montgomery. CRMC is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, has an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, TMF Award of Excellence in Quality, an American College of Radiology Award full Accreditation for Quality and Excellence in MR Imaging. CRMC has a recognized women’s center, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. For more information on Conroe Regional’s programs and services call 936-539-1111 or go to www.conroeregional.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 11 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 4 off campus emergency centers, 2 hospital-based express care centers and a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from HCA Houston Affiliated Hospitals and any other healthcare facilities within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at www.hcagulfcoast.com

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