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Joint Commission Announces 'Top Performers'

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 31, 2013

Academic Hospitals Included
One criticism of the measurement formula last year was that it appeared to exclude nearly all of the 124 academic medical centers or teaching hospitals, many of which often deal with tougher patient populations. This year, 24 teaching hospitals made the list, including three Johns Hopkins hospitals.

Peter Pronovost, MD, director of the new Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and senior vice president for safety and quality, said that came with a lot of hard work and commitment from the highest levels of Johns Hopkins leadership.

"No Johns Hopkins Medicine hospital made this list in the past," Pronovost said during the news conference. But this year, for the first time, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Sibley Memorial in Washington, D.C. and All Children's Hospital, Inc. in St. Petersburg, FL —all Johns Hopkins hospitals—improved enough to make the grade.

Pronovost said few academic medical centers made the list "despite ranking high on other quality and reputation lists such as U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals." Pronovost attributed the academic hospitals' performance shortfalls to "higher patient acuity and volume, [and] more decentralized structures compared with community hospitals."

In December, 2011, however, Johns Hopkins president and trustees "committed to performing at least 96% on all core measures, one of the first quantitative goals we ever made."

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