UMMC Midtown Campus Recognized As “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” ® By the Joint Commission

For immediate release: November 01, 2013


Karen Warmkessel | 410-328-8919

BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. UMMC Midtown Campus, formerly Maryland General Hospital, was one of only 16 hospitals in Maryland to be honored for exemplary performance in using evidence-based interventions that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. UMMC Midtown Campus was recognized for its exemplary performance in heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

"We are very proud to have earned the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures," says Sylvia Smith Johnson, president and chief executive officer of UMMC Midtown Campus. "Our entire staff is committed to quality improvement, patient safety and using evidence-based practices to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients."

The Joint Commission analyzed data related to care for nine conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolization (VTE), as well as inpatient psychiatric services and immunization rates for influenza. The ratings are based on data reported to the Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year on 47 accountability measures of evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

According to The Joint Commission, a recognized hospital must meet three performance criteria based on accountability data: 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 to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics an hour before surgery and providing a home management plan of care for patients with asthma. The list of Top Performers was included in "Improving America's Hospitals," The Joint Commission's 2013 annual report, which was released on Oct. 30, 2013.