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Cedars-Sinai Honored as one of Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures

Top Performer LogoCedars-Sinai has been honored as a Joint Commission "top performer" in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

The award was given for "attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance" during the 2010 calendar year.

"This recognition from The Joint Commission is a reflection of the commitment to quality of Cedars-Sinai staff and physicians," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Only 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data earned the distinction of being named a top performer. Fewer than half of those hospitals received recognition in four of the different categories of key quality measures.

To be recognized as a top performer, an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds.

  1. They must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients

  2. They must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

"Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, president of The Joint Commission.

Cedars-Sinai will be included in The Joint Commission’s "Improving America’s Hospitals" annual report and will be recognized on its Quality Check website.