Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

TJC Gold Key MILTON, MA  October 30, 2013 – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

BID-Milton is one of 1,099 hospitals in the US earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia care and surgical care.

The recognition is the latest validation of the quality and safety standards exhibited at BID-Milton. In recent weeks, the hospital was also cited with an A grade in the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score.

The TJC ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

BID-Milton and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton 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, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, 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.”

“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care. That’s why BID-Miltonhas made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. BID-Milton isproud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” saysBID-Milton’s President  & CEO, Peter J. Healy.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, BID-Miltonwill be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues ofThe Joint Commission Perspectivesand The Source.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton 

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) is an 88-bed community hospital that provides community based health care to people of all ages in Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, Hyde Park, Dorchester and other local communities.  Previously known as Milton Hospital, BID-Milton joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in January of 2012, formalizing their long-standing, collaborative relationship. Services include general medical and surgical inpatient care, a complete complement of outpatient health services and 24-hour emergency services.