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Garden Grove Hospital Ranked as "Top Performer" by The Joint Commission

Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center (GGHMC) was named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Garden Grove Hospital was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

This is the second year in a row that Garden Grove Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. GGHMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care. Garden Grove Hospital is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row.

"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such a day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today's health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients."

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Garden Grove Hospital is safe, effective care. That's why Garden Grove Hospital has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers," said Sofia Abrina, Administrator of Garden Grove Hospital.

"This is a prestigious honor and yet another validation of how Prime Healthcare's physician-driven and patient-focused system, which adheres to proven clinical protocols, is the future of healthcare," said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. "This is well deserved recognition of the physicians, nurses and staffs at these hospitals who maintain the highest standards of quality care in the country."

Representing the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals, the Prime Healthcare Services' hospitals included were Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center and West Anaheim Medical and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation hospital Encino Hospital Medical Center.

For 2012, 620 hospitals out of more than 3,400 accredited hospitals nationwide reporting core measure performance data for 2011 were recognized as "Top Performers." These hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data were reported to The Joint Commission for calendar year 2011. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they reported data. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, these hospitals will recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

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