NEW ULM - New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. NUMC was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for pneumonia and surgical care, according to a press release.
The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.
NUMC 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 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, the press release stated.
NUMC 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.
New Ulm Medical Center is part of Allina Health, a not-for-profit health care system. Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90 plus clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services.