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Saint Mary's named Joint Commission Top Performer

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Local hospital honored as a high performer in five core areas including heart disease

Reno, Nev. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 – Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center has announced it was recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2015 (data from 2014). Additionally, Saint Mary's is being recognized for five performance measures, those include Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, and Perinatal Care. As a Top Performer Saint Mary's is one of only 1,043 hospitals across the nation to earn this designation and will be published in America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety, an annual report of the Joint Commission.

"Saint Mary's is pleased to receive this honor from the Joint Commission, attesting to our commitment to delivering safe and high-quality healthcare," added Helen Lidholm, CEO of Saint Mary's Health Network. "Our staff and providers were the key drivers of this achievement who worked together to develop and implement approaches that led us to be ranked 95 percent or above for five quality measures. Our patients are the beneficiaries of this accomplishment and we are proud to be a Top Performer for our community."

The Joint Commission's Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance. The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, tobacco use, substance use, venous thromboembolism, immunization, and perinatal care.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at