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Vail Valley Medical Center Earns "Top Performer" Recognition

Emily Tamberino

Vail Valley Medical Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Having earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission this summer VVMC recently received additional recognition as part of The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report “America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. VVMC is one of only 1043 hospitals out of more than 3300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

“We understand what matters most to patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive” says the hospital's President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “That is why VVMC has made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures in the recognition program include heart attack pneumonia surgical care venous thromboembolism (formation of blood clots in the vein) perinatal care immunization and more. VVMC was specifically recognized for their surgical capabilities and venous thromboembolism care.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality healthcare. I commend the efforts of Vail Valley Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions” said Mark R. Chassin MD FACP MPP MPH president and CEO of The Joint Commission.

To be a 2014 Top Performer hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above and within that measure set achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

About Vail Valley Medical Center
From modest beginnings in 1965 VVMC has grown into one of the world's most advanced mountain hospitals providing Olympic-quality sports medicine leading evidence-based research modern cancer care and extensive cardiology services – all top-quality services with exceptional outcomes. An independent nonprofit medical center VVMC keeps hundreds of jobs and resources local better serving our community and visitors. Providing superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes VVMC offers low infection rates free community services and top-rated patient satisfaction scores.

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