Menorah Medical Center One of Four HCA Midwest Hospitals to Earn National Quality Recognition From the Joint Commission
Today, HCA Midwest Health System’s Menorah Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations. Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center are the only Kansas or Missouri hospitals in the Kansas City area to earn this recognition. HCA Midwest Health System is Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer.
Menorah Medical Center is being recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack and pneumonia and surgical care.
“Excellent health care is what all patients expect and deserve. HCA Midwest Health System physicians and staff strive to care for every patient using the best evidence-based care,” says Mel Legarde, president, HCA Midwest Health System. “We’re honored to have four hospitals included on this distinguished list, three of which are listed for the second consecutive year.”
Additionally, Menorah Medical Center is one of only 620 hospitals in the nation earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance in 2011. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of accredited hospitals reporting data.
Menorah Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, says the combination of some of the Kansas City area’s best talent in physicians and surgeons and advanced technologies offer an unmatched continuum of care for residents of Johnson County. “The cohesive team at Menorah Medical Center collaborates to deliver not only excellent and compassionate patient care, but also the best possible outcomes and support for patients during their treatment,” says Wilkinson. “We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2011.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why HCA Midwest is committed 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 our four hospitals are proud to be named to the list of the Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2011.”
Each of the hospitals that were 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, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, 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 healthcare 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, HCA Midwest’s Menorah Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be feat
About Menorah Medical Center
Menorah Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital located on the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park. The hospital serves the community’s healthcare needs by providing compassionate care and some of the most advanced treatment options available in the Kansas City area. Menorah has a medical staff with more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers exceptional experiences and extraordinary medicine for adults, newborns, children and teens. The Menorah culture of excellence fuels a commitment to meet and exceed the highest medical standards and to continually search for new and better ways to care for patients. Menorah Medical Center was the first hospital in Johnson County to be dual certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Certified Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission. In addition, The Commission on Cancer accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The Breast Center at Menorah is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Menorah Urgent Care, located west of 69 Highway and 151st Street in Overland Park, is a physician-staffed full-service, walk-in healthcare center with a full medical team that offers on-the-spot treatment for everyday illness and injury to all ages. For more information on Menorah Medical Center and its services, visit menorahmedicalcenter.com.
About HCA Midwest Health System
HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area’s largest healthcare network, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. It is also the area’s largest private-sector employer with more than 8,400 employees. HCA Midwest facilities serving the Kansas City area include Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Allen County Hospital and Cass Regional Medical Center. Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Midwest Physicians currently represents 278 physicians, including 104 primary care providers and 174 specialists with 77 physician practices providing care in 138 locations to serve the community. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas by focusing on five guiding principles: Quality, Service, People, Growth and Value. For more information on HCA Midwest Health System, visit hcamidwest.com.