List Published by The Joint Commission Honors Exemplary Care
(Ruston, LA) – Northern Louisiana Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is the third time Northern Louisiana Medical Center (NLMC) has earned the designation.
Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”
“This honor means that our community can turn to Northern Louisiana Medical Center with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Brady Dubois, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Louisiana Medical Center. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses, and other caregivers.”
Top Performers are recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services, and immunizations.
NLMC was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care.
NLMC is one of just 314 hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for three consecutive years. It was recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Jake Wood, MD, Chief of Staff, Northern Louisiana Medical Center. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Northern Louisiana Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”
For more information about the Top Performers program, please visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.
Northern Louisiana Medical Center is a 159 bed acute care hospital providing an array of medical services including: cardiology, intensive care, Level II NICU, imaging, rehabilitation, and physician services. NLMC has served the community of Ruston and the surrounding area since 2007.
401 East Vaughn Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270