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St. Mary Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from the Joint Commission for 2012

For the second consecutive year, St. Mary is recognized in the categories of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

LANGHORNE, Pa., October 31, 2013 – St. Mary Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, in its annual report, “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013.”

The Top Performer designation is based on performance related to strict, evidence-based accountability measures linked closely to positive patient outcomes. St. Mary is one of only 1,099 hospitals designated as a Top Performer and is the only one in Bucks County to be recognized as such.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at St. Mary is safe, effective care. That’s why we have made a commitment to achieving positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes, and earning this accreditation. St. Mary is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Sharon Brown, Vice President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer.

In addition to this latest recognition, St. Mary maintains Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Stroke, and Certifications in Breast Cancer, Heart Failure, Joint Replacement (hip and knee), and Sleeping Disorders.

St. Mary measures its performance against both national and state quality indicators developed by independent parties such as government agencies and medical organizations.

“At St. Mary, providing safe, high-quality patient care is our number one priority at every level in the organization. We benchmark ourselves to be in the top 10th percentile of all hospitals in the United States—not just in quality indicators for clinical care, but also in patient satisfaction. Our guiding belief is that if we provide high-quality care, our patients will be satisfied, which will fuel St. Mary’s growth in providing important services to the community,” says Suzanne Lion, Director, Patient Safety.

For more information on the Joint Commission Report, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/improving_americas_hospitals_the_joint_commissions_annual_report_on_quality_and_safety_2013/

About St. Mary Medical Center
St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, is the most comprehensive medical center in the area. Its compassionate staff of more than 700 physicians, 3,200 colleagues, and 1,100 volunteers is committed to providing excellence in patient safety and quality care. St. Mary offers state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled physicians and clinical professionals in providing advanced care for complex cases. Services include a comprehensive cardiovascular program; the only state-accredited Trauma Center in Bucks County; Emergency Services with a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Care Center; a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center; neurosciences; specialized diagnostic imaging; obstetrics and NICU; a Joint Commission-certified joint replacement program; exceptional orthopedic surgical capabilities and rehabilitation; a Joint Commission-certified sleep disorders center; pain management; Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center; the St. Mary Breast Center; and the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. St. Mary’s outreach to the poor and underserved includes its Community Ministries in Bensalem – the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, Children’s Health Center, and Family Resource Center – as well as ongoing support for the Adult Health Clinic operated by the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.