FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2014
HHC Lincoln Medical Center Ranked Top Performer on Quality Patient Care Measures
Bronx, NY – The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced that HHC Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx has been ranked as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S. The hospital was specifically recognized for high achievement in four important fields of patient care: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
The Joint Commission’s “Top Performer” designation recognizes hospitals for improving performance on medical interventions that increase the chance for positive outcomes for patients with certain conditions. Only 45 – 28 percent – of the 160 hospitals in New York State ranked by the The Joint Commission for 2013 achieved top performer designation in any area.
Denise C. Soares, RN, MA, Senior Vice President, HHC Generations+ Northern Manhattan Health Network, of which Lincoln Medical Center is a member, noted, “As a Network that serves communities disproportionately impacted by poorer health outcomes, it is our goal and obligation to ensure the best possible outcomes. This recognition from The Joint Commission shows how important we take that responsibility. We applaud Lincoln Medical Center for making this happen.”
“We are very proud to be recognized as a top performer in patient care. This important designation by The Joint Commission illustrates the hard work, smart strategies and weighted decisions we make every single day while we provide culturally sensitive care with dignity and compassion,” said Milton Nuñez, HHC Lincoln Medical Center Executive Director.
“That consistent drive for performance improvement is paying off for patients and has become the foundation for the way we operate here. We have hardwired quality and safety within the culture of our organization. Our dedicated team is up to the challenge to increase best outcomes for our community. I am honored to be at the helm of an excellent institution in a vibrant and growing community,” added Nuñez.
Quality measures that The Joint Commission examines in determining “Top Performer” status include research, accuracy of the care process, proximity of the care process to patient health outcomes, and adverse effects. To be a Joint Commission “Top Performer” hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including: performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; performance of 95 percent or above on each accountability measure where there were at least 30 cases; and at least one core measure set with a composite rate of 95 percent or above with all applicable individual accountability measures rated 95 percent or above.
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of HHC Lincoln Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.