Lee’s Summit Medical Center Earns National Quality Recognition from The Joint Commission

September 16, 2011

Lee’s Summit Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

The Joint Commission publicly released its list of top performing hospitals during a national telephone news conference. This is the first time The Joint Commission has publicly released the names of its top performing hospitals.

In total, The Joint Commission is recognizing four HCA Midwest Health System hospitals - Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Belton Hospital, and Lafayette Regional Health Center. This national recognition is based on data reported on 22 evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s physicians and staff strive to care for every patient using the best evidence-based medicine. Excellent health care is what all patients expect and deserve,” says Damond Boatwright, President and CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center. “We’re honored to be the only Missouri hospital in the Kansas City area to earn this recognition.”

Using these evidence-based measures has saved lives and resulted in better care and quality of life for thousands of patients. Better performance also helps Lee’s Summit Medical Center meet the pay-for-performance requirements of federal and state governments and private payers.

“Those who pay for health care demand value and quality. We know employers, insurance companies, and consumers choose health care providers who know how to control costs and provide value, while focusing on quality,” Boatwright adds.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center is one of 405 hospitals in the nation earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center is being recognized for achieving quality thresholds in every key quality measure for which it provides care, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why HCA Midwest Health System is making a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” says Darryl Nelson, MD, HCA Midwest Health System Chief Medical Officer. “This commitment is making an impact, and HCA Midwest Health System is proud Lee’s Summit Medical Center is named to the list of the Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

“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 hospitals such as the four HCA Midwest Health System hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, HCA Midwest Health System’s Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Belton Hospital, and Lafayette Regional Health Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org)

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