Sylva’s Harris Regional receives national recognition for quality

Press release

WestCare Health System

Harris Regional Hospital has been ranked in the top one-third of the nation for clinical quality measures. The hospital was recognized as a ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. To receive the designation an organization must demonstrate exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve certain conditions. Harris Regional Hospital was recognized for performance on the measure sets of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Harris Regional Hospital is one of 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. The list ofTop Performer organizations represents one-third of the 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for calendar year 2012.

“National recognition by The Joint Commission on these important clinical measures is evidence of the commitment of our physicians, nurses and staff in obtaining the best clinical outcomes possible for our patients in the safest environment possible,” said Steve Heatherly, President and CEO of WestCare Health System. “I would like to recognize our entire staff in sharing this quality designation as everyone plays a role in serving patients with a world-class experience.”

Harris Regional Hospital’s Top Performer recognition will be included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report ( and will be featured on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

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