Fairview Lakes earns ‘Top Performer’ recognition

Fairview Lakes Medical Center is proud to be recognized by the Joint Commission as being among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. Representing the staff, from left, are lead hospitalist Jay Hemmila, MD; medical/surgical nurses Kristin Novakoske, RN, and Hilary Hathaway, RN; and Intensive Care Unit nurse Michele Hansen, RN. Photo supplied

Fairview Lakes Medical Center is proud to be recognized by the Joint Commission as being among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. Representing the staff, from left, are lead hospitalist Jay Hemmila, MD; medical/surgical nurses Kristin Novakoske, RN, and Hilary Hathaway, RN; and Intensive Care Unit nurse Michele Hansen, RN. Photo supplied

Fairview Lakes Medical Center recently was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2011 by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The Joint Commission recognized the Wyoming-based medical center for exemplary performance in the use of evidence-based clinical processes in the areas of pneumonia and surgical care.

Fairview Lakes is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. and one of three hospitals in the Fairview system to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.

Also recognized for pneumonia and surgical care were Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Fairview Southdale Hospital also earned Joint Commission honors for care of heart attack and heart failure.

Top performing hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the score that includes all of the accountability measures for which data are reported. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for every measure for which they report data. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice, such as giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“It’s great to see the exceptional care delivered by our physicians, nurses and care team members recognized by the accrediting body for hospitals nationally,” said Steve Housh, president of Fairview Lakes. “This recognition puts us in the top 18 percent of hospitals in the nation. It can only be earned by hospitals that consistently achieve a high level of performance across a broad set of measures.”

Added Dave Milbrandt, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Fairview Lakes, “We understand that what matters most to patients at Fairview Lakes Medical Center is safe, effective care. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”

“The Joint Commission recognition also reinforces other awards Fairview Lakes Medical Center has received in recent years,” Housh continued. “This includes being ranked among the nation’s Top Hospitals by Premier in 2011 and as a Minnesota TopWorkplace for 2011 by the StarTribune. We were also pleased to be recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association, which has presented Fairview Lakes Medical Center with four awards for achieving excellence in patient safety in the past 18 months.”

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Fairview Lakes will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

Fairview Lakes Medical Center, a division of Fairview Health Services, offers hospital, emergency, surgical, pharmacy and specialized medical care, including University of Minnesota Physicians’ heart and cancer care, to residents of East Central Minnesota northeast of the Twin Cities.

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