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On top and happy to be there Special To The Star-news | Sat, Oct 15 2011 12:00 PM

Out of more than 3,000 hospitals across the country, Paradise Valley Hospital was recognized as a top performer on key quality measures by the Joint Commission.

Paradise Valley ranks in the top 14 percent of all commission-accredited healthcare facilities based on clinical processes data shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"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 that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care," said Joint Commission President Mark Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH.

To be recognized, a hospital had to meet or exceed 95 percent performance on a composite score that included all of the accountability measures, and meet or exceed 95 percent on every performance measure that it reports to the Joint Commission.

Of the 34 California hospitals recognized, nine are Prime Healthcare hospitals, including Paradise Valley Hospital. Paradise Valley is also one of only three recognized hospitals in San Diego County.

"I want to thank the physicians, nursing staff and employees at Paradise Valley Hospital for adhering to our motto of bringing quality, cost-effective and compassionate healthcare to every one of their patients," said Regional CEO Luis Leon.

The commission is the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

The commission's Improving America's Hospitals, recognizes hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

The 405 organizations identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010) represent approximately 14 percent of commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.

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