WRMC a "top performer" in two areas


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Wilkes Regional Medical Center (WRMC) has been ranked as one of the top performers in the nation on key quality measures for 2012 by the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

WRMC finished with a score of 95 percent or higher for pneumonia care and surgical care. That places Wilkes Regional among the top 33 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability performance data for 2012.

“Being selected as one of the top performing hospitals for the delivery of care is certainly an honor,” said J. Gene Faile, the president and chief executive officer of WRMC.

“This award by The Joint Commission validates the deep commitment of our physicians, nursing staff, support staff, and entire Wilkes Regional team to the delivery of excellent patient care.”

Accredited again as well

Surveyors from The Joint Commission recently completed their on-?site survey at Wilkes Regional that determines if the hospital is in compliance with accreditation standards.

Survey results have been received, and the hospital’s status has been maintained for another three years.

These surprise visits are done once every three years and ?can come at any time within an 18 month period.

“A” grade from Leapfrog

The rankings and accreditation by The Joint Commission come on the heels of the report last week that the hospital has received an “A” grade for patient safety in the most recent survey of hospitals across the country in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

That survey, according to the Leapfrog website, is the “gold standard for comparing hospital’s performance on the national standards of safety, quality and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.”

Participation in the survey is voluntary. This year, there were 1,300 participants.

Joint Commission requirements

To be eligible for the Joint Commission “top performers” program, hospitals and critical access hospitals must have submitted at least 12 calendar months of data on at least one of the core measures set. There are several sub-categories within each measure.

In the ranking released last year, WRMC finished among the top five percent in heart failure as well as pneumonia and surgical care. Hospital officials here said this week that WRMC recorded a score of just over 94 percent for heart failure.

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