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Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital Earn 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

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September 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS – Sunrise Health System’s Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital were named two of the nation’s Top Performers Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Both hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, such as, but not limited to, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"Sunrise Hospital is pleased to receive this recognition from The Joint Commission," said Todd Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. "Being a Top Performer is another affirmation of the excellent care our staff and physicians provide to the community, as the time and dedication that we invest every day at our hospital is simply part of our culture and mission."

"I’m extremely proud that Southern Hills Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation two years in a row," said Kimball Anderson, CEO at Southern Hills Hospital. "Delivering the highest quality patient care and consistently focusing on patient safety are the priorities of our hospital. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, physicians and specifically our Quality Management Department, which reviews our compliance measures daily, this honor was achieved as a team."

Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital are two of only 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Sunrise Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Southern Hills Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care. 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 more than 3,400 eligibly accredited hospitals reporting data.

Additionally, this is the second year in a row that Southern Hills Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. Southern Hills Hospital is only one of 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, Southern Hills Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for it achievement on the following (more) measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performers 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 that 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 or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

"When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., 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 sound 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 patients."

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s "Improving America’s Hospitals" annual report, Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

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About Sunrise Hospital
Chosen as the top hospital in Nevada by U.S. News and World Report and voted as the Best Hospital in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s "Best of Las Vegas" readers’ poll, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center—featuring stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorder treatments, a Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department, a CARF accredited inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Orthopedics, Gamma Knife and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery and wound care. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
www.SunriseHospital.com

Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.233.5454.

About Southern Hills Hospital:
Ranked the safest hospital in Nevada by Consumer Reports and awarded an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health unit for ages 55 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. The Joint Commission recognized Southern Hills Hospital as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™” for 2011 and 2010, and the hospital was voted as “Best Hospital” runner-up in the Best of Las Vegas Readers’ Poll. Southern Hills Hospital is the first institution in the state of Nevada to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a leading hospital in cardiology through their compliance with the "Get with the Guidelines - Heart Failure" program. In addition, Southern Hills Hospital is a home to award-winning spine physicians from the Nevada Neurosciences Institute. The hospital is also a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
SouthernHillsHospital.com

Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.880.2700.