Hughston Hospital Recognized as ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’


COLUMBUS, GA – Hughston Hospital in Columbus, Georgia 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.  The Joint Commission issues the recognitions based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. The Joint Commission has recognized Hughston Hospital in Columbus for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures during 2010 for surgical care.

Hughston Hospital is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performers on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Hughston Hospital is the only hospital in West Central Georgia and East Alabama to earn this recognition.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, an organization must score at least 95 percent on two performance standards.  First, a hospital must achieve 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, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, a hospital must also meet a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“Hughston Hospital has enjoyed a long standing national reputation for clinical excellence and this award validates the continued commitment by our exceptional employees coupled with the highly skilled members of the medical staff,” said James R. “Butch” Wheeler, CEO of Hughston Hospital. “We are honored to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, especially since this year marks the first time the award has been presented.”

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospital such as Hughston Hospital that have achieved exceptional performance on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H, president, The Joint Commission.


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