Transylvania Regional Hospital named among nation’s top performing hospitals

Press release

From Mission Health

Brevard, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 – Transylvania Regional Hospital, a member hospital of Mission Health, has been named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Recognized for “attaining and sustaining excellence” in The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012, Transylvania Regional Hospital earned national recognition for both pneumonia care and surgical care. The list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ was released on Wednesday.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Transylvania Regional Hospital and in our community is safe, effective care. That’s why our hospital has made such a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Bob Bednarek, president and CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. “Transylvania Regional Hospital is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for the second year in a row and to be a national leader in providing quality patient care.”

“At Mission Health, our driving force is our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “This is wonderful validation of the work we are doing. I congratulate all of our caregivers at Transylvania Regional Hospital for their part in achieving this recognition.”

The designation recognizes “hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes,” according to The Joint Commission. The hospitals identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability performance in 2011 represent approximately 18 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. Hospitals recognized on the list follow recommended protocols at least 95 percent of the time.

Transylvania Regional Hospital was recognized as being among the most diligent hospitals in the nation in following medical protocols for the prevention of surgical infections and the treatment of pneumonia.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. In 2012 Mission Health was named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital– the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. Learn more at www.Mission-Health.org.


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