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VA St Louis Health Care System Recognized

VA St. Louis Health Care System John Cochran Division

VA St Louis Health Care System has been recognized as a Joint Commission 2013 Top Performer!

By Marcena Gunter, PAO
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

VA St Louis Health Care System, has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. VA St. Louis Health Care System was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions including heart attack; heart failure; pneumonia; surgical care; children’s asthma; stroke; venous thromboembolism; and inpatient psychiatric services.

VA St. Louis Health Care System is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. VA St. Louis Health Care System was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 77% from its debut last year and represents a 33% of accredited hospitals reporting data for 2012.

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% or above on each and every reported accountability measures where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composition rate of 95% or above, and within that measure set, all applicable individual accountability measures have performance rate of 95% or above. A 95% score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

VA St Louis Health Care System 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., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year.  Nearly one half of our accredited hospital 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 of patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at VA St Louis Health Care System is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Mr. Kent Hill, Acting Medical Center Director.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, VA St Louis Health Care System will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of "The Joint Commission Perspectives and "The Source".

About VA St. Louis Health Care System

The VA St. Louis Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VASLHCS employees serve more than 58,000 Veterans in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois.  The VASLHCS is the referral center for VA Medical Centers in Marion, Ill. and Poplar Bluff, MO., providing inpatient acute care and outpatient care. The health care system includes a tertiary medical center; the John Cochran Division; a Community Living Center at the Jefferson Barracks Division; community-based outpatient clinics located in N. St. Louis, St. Charles, Washington, and Belleville, Ill.; Hope Mental Health Recovery Center in midtown St. Louis; and two primary care clinics annexes in St. Louis City. For more information, visit


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