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September 20, 2012- Two DMC Hospitals Earn 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™' Recognition from The Joint Commission

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital have been named two of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes.

Huron Valley-Sinai and Detroit Receiving are among 620 hospitals in the U.S., (DMC Huron Valley-Sinai is the only hospital in Oakland County), earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Huron Valley-Sinai is safe, effective care," said Lynn Torossian, president, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. "That's why we have made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. I am proud to say we have been named to The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures."

Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

"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 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."

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, Detroit Receiving and Huron Valley-Sinai will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

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