Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital Earns "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®" Recognition from The Joint Commission

January 15, 2016

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH) today was again named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is one of only 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Pneumonia and Surgical Care. NNRH also was recognized as a Top Performer for 2010 for the heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care measure sets, and was recognized for 2011 for pneumonia and surgical care measure sets.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. 

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice -- examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. "We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients."

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is safe, effective care. That's why Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is proud to again receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.  Of the 1,099 Top Performer hospitals and the 3,343 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationally, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is one of only 182 that have achieved this designation three years in a row. We are proud of our achievements in providing quality care to the northeastern Nevada communities that we serve" says Gene Miller, CEO.

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.