Palmetto General Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Palmetto General Hospital receives national recognition as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

The hospital is featured in The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Palmetto General Hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

“Obtaining healthy outcomes for our patients is a top priority here at Palmetto General Hospital,” said Ana Mederos, hospital CEO. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer hospital as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire medical staff.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals 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 and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

This is the second year Palmetto General Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. The hospital received the designation in 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The hospital is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, Palmetto General Hospital had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“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, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Palmetto General Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

About Palmetto General Hospital

Palmetto General Hospital is a 360-bed acute-care hospital located at 2001 West 68th Street in Hialeah, Florida and is a part of Tenet Healthcare. The hospital has served the medical and healthcare needs of Northwest Miami-Dade and Southwest Broward counties for over 40 years.

Palmetto General Hospital offers a broad range of services including: adult and pediatric emergency care, maternity, mental health, hyperbaric, wound care, comprehensive stroke center, sleep disorders center, a cardiac and vascular program that includes both medical and surgical services as well as a bariatric program.

Palmetto General Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. The hospital has also been awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Palmetto General Hospital is the recipient of the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for heart failure treatment.

Palmetto General Hospital, recently named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, is fully accredited by the oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency in the nation. To learn more about Palmetto General Hospital, please visit or call 305-823-5000.

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