For the third straight year, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by a leading accreditor of health care organizations.
Ministry Good Samaritan was recognized as a Top Performer for surgical care and blood clot prevention by The Joint Commission. It is one of 31 hospitals in Wisconsin and one of nearly 1,100 in the U.S. to earn the distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.
Cheryl Jahns, director of patient care services says, “We are blessed with an experienced and dedicated staff that is committed to maintaining a culture of safety.” She added that safety starts before surgical patients come to the facility and continues after discharge.
Improved pre-operative instructions and patient education materials cover important topics like infection prevention, medication management and other safety measures so that patients understand as much as possible before the potential stress and anxiety of surgery takes place.
“Ministry Good Samaritan and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”
The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.