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CMC-Pineville Named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission
This distinction places CMC-Pineville among the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, has been 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.

“At CMC-Pineville, we are committed to providing safe, effective care to all of our patients,” said Chris Hummer, president of CMC-Pineville. “We are very proud to receive such a recognition that reflects our hard work and dedication to quality improvement and patient care.”

Performance Measures

CMC-Pineville 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, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma. CMC-Pineville has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for three consecutive years.

“We know that evidence-based processes lead to better care and, ultimately, to better patient outcomes,” said Michael Ruhlen, MD, chief medical officer of CMC-Pineville. “Our patients benefit from care that adheres to rigorous and proven clinical guidelines.” CMC-Pineville 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-Pineville currently holds these prestigious certifications for acute coronary syndrome, heart failure and total knee replacement.

Across North Carolina, 33 hospitals – including Carolinas HealthCare System facilities CMC-Mercy, CMC-NorthEast, 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.