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Durham Regional Hospital Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition from the Joint Commission

Sept. 20, 2012

Durham, NC—Durham Regional Hospital has been named among 620 hospitals nationwide for its exemplary performance on specific quality measures during the 2011 calendar year. As one of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, Durham Regional places in the top 18 percent of the 3,376 eligible hospitals in the United States that report performance data to the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations.

To earn the designation, a hospital must achieve a score of 95 percent or above for its composite performance score and on each individual area that comprises its assessment. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice—for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery. Durham Regional was recognized for its use of evidence-based clinical processes for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“What matters most to our patients and their loved ones is high-quality, safe care,” says Kerry Watson, president of Durham Regional. “The Joint Commission’s Top Performer distinction highlights our team’s commitment to delivering the best care for every patient, every time—which includes using evidence-based approaches to provide positive patient outcomes—and encourages progress toward achieving our vision of becoming the best community hospital in North Carolina.”

In addition to being included in the Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospitals annual report, Durham Regional will be recognized on the Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at qualitycheck.org. The Top Performer program will also be featured in October’s Joint Commission: The Source and November’s Joint Commission Perspectives.