OVMC Earns Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ohio Valley Medical Center announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. OVMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” which is released in November, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients. The program is unique from other recognition programs in that it is based on objective data and is a way to provide transparency to the public in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States and is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“We accept the commendation from The Joint Commission with great pride as this recognition comes from the leading healthcare authority in the country,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “Our hospital strives for excellence in quality and safety standards, and this announcement is testament to our commitment to positive outcomes for our patients.”

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of OVMC for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO of The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.