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CMC-Mercy Named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission
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12/16/2013
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“We know that evidence-based processes lead to better care and, ultimately, to better patient outcomes,” said Eugene Christian, MD, chief medical officer of CMC-Mercy.
“Our patients benefit from care that adheres to rigorous and proven clinical guidelines.”

Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission in recognition of its exemplary clinical performance in multiple specialties. The designation recognizes hospitals for attaining excellence in using evidence-based processes that are shown to improve care. This distinction places CMC-Mercy among the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability measure performance data for 2012.

“We’re committed to providing exceptional care based on the highest clinical standards,” said Scott Jones, vice president of CMC-Mercy. “We’re very proud to receive this national distinction, which recognizes our excellence in providing safe, effective care to our community and the hard work of every member of our team.”

Achieving the Highest Levels of Performance

CMC-Mercy was recognized for achievement in several measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. To be named as a Top Performer, the hospital achieved the highest levels of performance in providing evidence-based care for the named measure sets. Evidence-based practices include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“We know that evidence-based processes lead to better care and, ultimately, to better patient outcomes,” said Eugene Christian, MD, chief medical officer of CMC-Mercy. “Our patients benefit from care that adheres to rigorous and proven clinical guidelines.” CMC-Mercy also maintains Joint Commission certifications for disease-specific care, distinctions that recognize the hospital’s compliance with rigorous national standards for quality and safety. CMC-Mercy currently holds these prestigious certifications for total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total ankle replacement and bariatrics.

Across North Carolina, 33 hospitals – including Carolinas HealthCare System facilities CMC-Mercy, CMC-Pineville, CMC-Lincoln and CMC-Union – were named to the Joint Commission’s Top Performer list this year. They were among 1,099 hospitals recognized this year.

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