Three L.A.-Area Providence Medical Centers Named among Nation’s Top Performers

September 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2012) – The Joint Commission, the nonprofit organization that surveys and accredits the nation’s hospitals, today named three Providence Southern California medical centers to its list of the top performing hospitals in the United States.

Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph medical centers in the San Fernando Valley and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance were included among The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, recognizing America’s top 620 hospitals that treat critically ill patients.

These hospitals, the top 18 percent in the nation, were awarded for excellence in applying evidence-based clinical processes in treating heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and children’s asthma and for patients who undergo surgery.

“What this means is that every patient at these three Providence ministries is being treated according to a set of core measures that have proven to save lives. This sounds simple but it takes great knowledge, dedication and teamwork by our physicians, nurses and other clinicians, often in situations where seconds count,” said Michael Hunn, senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services, Southern California.

The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures ratings program began in 2011 and this year recognizes the top 18 percent of accredited hospitals. Today’s announcement came as the organization delivered its annual report.

The Top Performers program is based on data reported by hospitals regarding clinical processes proven to be the best treatment for certain conditions.

According to The Joint Commission, patients expect and deserve excellent care and all hospitals work to achieve it. But it is challenging to consistently demonstrate excellent performance. Excellence is among the Providence core values and hospitals within the five-state healthcare system share best practices to make sure protocols that result in the best possible outcomes for patients become the standard.