Four hospitals named top performers

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Four Northeast Mississippi hospitals have been named top performers by the national commission that accredits health care facilities.

The Joint Commission named 16 Mississippi hospitals to its 2012 list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. The national list reflects the top third of hospitals it accredits.

• Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory was graded in heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

• Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville was graded in pneumonia.

• Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany was graded in heart failure and pneumonia.

• Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford was graded in care for heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Gilmore and the Baptist hospitals in Booneville and New Albany made the list for 2011, the first year Joint Commission named the top performer list.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Baptist Union County is safe, effective care,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Walter Grace.

To make the list, hospitals must meet quality care and safety benchmarks in specific areas 95 percent of the time in all the areas they are graded in. If hospitals have fewer than 30 cases annually in a particular area, they are not graded in that category.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. 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 of care for children with asthma.

North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo scored above the 95 percent mark in several categories, but did not in hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services.