Joint Commission recognizes SIUH as top performing hospital

Staten Island University Hospital has just been named a top performer for 2012 on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading health-care accreditation organization. Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, which is also part of the North Shore LI-J Health System to which SIUH belongs, has also been honored.

SIUH was singled out for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. Specifically, the hospital was recognized for the categories of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"Effective, quality health care is what matters most to our patients. This is why Staten Island University Hospital has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes achieved through evidence-based care processes," said Anthony C. Ferreri, regional executive director for the Western Region of North Shore LI-J Health System, and SIUH president and CEO.

"Our clinical teams have gone above and beyond. The leading health care organization in America recognizes their ability and we applaud each and every member of our teams," he added.

This year, 1,099 hospitals are being recognized, representing the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission- accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. SIUH is among 424 hospitals that achieved this distinction for two years in a row.

SIUH's designation is listed in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, which summarizes the performance of more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals on 47 accountability measures of evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The hospital's achievement can also be found at qualitycheck.org, The Joint Commission's search engine to locate Commission accredited health organizations nationwide.

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