Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Honored Nationally for Quality and Safety

October 30, 2013

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance was recognized today as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading healthcare accrediting organization in America.

The hospital also earned an A rating recently from the Leapfrog Group, which measures patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score program began in June 2012 and rates hospitals twice a year based on the latest publicly reported data.

“Our goal is to provide every single patient with exceptional care, and our physicians, our nurses and our entire staff continuously ensures that we provide outstanding care,” said Liz Dunne, the hospital’s chief executive. “Our collaborative efforts are part of a unified vision to give the highest quality service to each individual who entrusts us with his or her care. From the moment a patient arrives, our team is dedicated to excellence, safety and compassionate care.”

The Joint Commission recognized Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo-embolism. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

The hospital also has been named among Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals in the nation for the past two years. In this latest honor, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance earned the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

The ratings are based on data reported in 2012 to The Joint Commission.

Hospitals 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.

Mark R. Chassin, M.D., president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, said Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement. He also noted the number of hospitals attaining the distinction is growing, contributing to improved patient outcomes.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.