Stephanie Rebman 10/4/12 Three hospitals in region hit top performers list By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Three Northeast Mississippi hospitals were named top performers by their national accrediting organization

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Three Northeast Mississippi hospitals were named top performers by their national accrediting organization.
Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville were among 16 Mississippi hospitals to rank in the top 18 percent in accountability measure performance gathered by the Joint Commission in 2011.
“This recognition proves we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” said Walter Grace, administrator and chief executive of Baptist-Union County.
The quality measures are established using evidence-based practices that improve health outcomes.
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Gilmore is safe, effective care,” said Dwayne Blaylock, Gilmore chief executive, who noted it is Gilmore’s second year on the top performers’ list.
Based on the services they offer, hospitals have to submit data on quality measures in as many as eight care categories, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma and stroke.
The Baptist Memorial hospitals reported on pneumonia care. Gilmore reported pneumonia and heart failure care.
To be a top performer, the hospital had to meet the criteria better than 95 percent of the time. If hospitals don’t provide the service or didn’t have enough cases for the data to be statistically significant, they are not graded in that category.
“This recognition exemplifies our commitment to providing quality care,” said James Grantham, administrator and chief executive of Baptist-Booneville.
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