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Summit Medical Center Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Recognition from The Joint Commission

TriStar Summit September 16, 2011

Sept. 14, 2011; Hermitage, Tenn.: Summit Medical Center today was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Summit was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Summit is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals 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. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Summit—safe, effective care. That’s why Summit Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Summit is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Jeff Whitehorn, CEO at Summit Medical Center.

“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 Summit that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Summit will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology, psychiatric and diagnostic services. With the latest advances in Convenient Care services, including the area’s first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner, Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit and click on Summit Medical Center or call (615) 316-3000.

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