September 19, 2012

The Joint Commission Names CDH a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

September 19, 2012

For immediate release: Sept. 19, 2012

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, recognized Cooley Dickinson Hospital as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. This recognizes 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 thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient services.

Cooley Dickinson is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence — performance of 95 percent or above — in accountability measure performance. Cooley Dickinson was recognized for its achievement during 2011 on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care.

The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data. The Joint Commission announced the 2011 Top Performers at a press conference on Sept. 19.

About Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Cooley Dickinson, a full-service community hospital, is ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals in patient safety by HealthGrades®, the country’s leading independent health care ratings organization. It is the only hospital in the Springfield area to achieve the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for four consecutive years, 2009 – 2012. Cooley Dickinson’s staff of 1,650 professionals and more than 300 affiliated physicians comprise a network of emergency, surgical, clinical, rehabilitative, hospice and home care expertise that treats 40,000 emergency patients per year, delivers 800 babies, and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital to deliver comprehensive cancer care. Cooley Dickinson’s vision is to make the mid-Pioneer Valley the nation’s model healthy community, able to provide local access to the most advanced clinical treatments in a caring and neighborly setting. Learn more at www.cooley-dickinson.org.

Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.qualitycheck.org.