SI Advance praises SIUH for being named a top performer by Joint Commission


Kudos to Staten Island University Hospital

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2:55 AM     Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2:55 AM
Staten Island Advance Editorial
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Staten Island University Hospital North, Ocean Breeze.
To be considered great, a hospital has to provide superior heart care and other first-class services. Staten Island University Hospital more than qualifies.

The institution has just been named a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health-care accreditation organization.

Our congratulations to SIUH on this prestigious distinction. It’s reassuring to know that experts have found the health of Staten Islanders is in such good hands.

“We understand that safe, effective, quality health care is what matters most to our patients,” said Anthony C. Ferreri, the president and chief executive officer of Staten Island University Hospital.

SIUH, which has campuses in Ocean Breeze and Prince’s Bay, was listed among the top 18 percent of the 3,400 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported a variety of medical data in 2011.

Mr. Ferreri, said, “As a leader nationally, Staten Island University Hospital is pleased to have earned recognition as a Joint Commission top performer in achieving the commission’s key quality measures, particularly in the clinical areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.”

As the home of the renowned Heart Institute, which is known as one of the best cardiac centers in the nation, SIUH offers sophisticated diagnostic procedures and advanced cardiothoracic surgeries.

Founded in 1861, SIUH, which has 714 beds, is a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
It was cited for excellence in the newly released “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.”

For more information, go to The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

Though not well known to the public, The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide in the health care industry for offering the symbol of quality.

 The Joint Commission, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. It was founded in 1951. The group accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

“Making the Top Performers list is no easy feat,” said Mark R. Chassin, president of The Joint Commission. “I salute these organizations for their hard work in attaining excellence. By consistently using evidence-based treatments, their patients are getting better hospital care.”

Mr. Ferreri praised the staff at Staten Island University Hospital for earning the recognition.

“SIUH’s clinical teams have gone above and beyond, Mr. Ferreri said. “The leading health-care organization in America recognizes their ability to attain and sustain excellence in accountable dynamics of care, and we applaud each and every one of them.”

So do we.

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