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September 21, 2011

Lake City Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from the Joint Commission

Lake City, FL – Lake City Medical Center 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. Lake City Medical Center was the only hospital in Lake City and Live Oak to be recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Lake City Medical Center is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Lake City Medical Center was recognized for achieving these thresholds for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Lake City Medical Center that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

“At Lake City Medical Center, our Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and employees have been working diligently to exceed nationally recognized indicators of quality care for the communities we serve. Our collective focus as an organization in this area continues today. We are honored to be one of the hospitals recognized as a ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting organization in our industry.” says Charles Briscoe, FACHE, Lake City Medical Center chief executive officer.

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Lake City Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.

About Lake City Medical Center:
As a 67-bed acute care facility, Lake City Medical Center has provided medical care for over 55 years to Lake City and the surrounding communities – the home to our patients, staff and physicians. Lake City Medical Center strives to offer a broad range of medical services including cardiovascular services, cancer care, Women’s Health, general surgical services and outpatient and inpatient imaging, to name a few. The mission of Lake City Medical Center is to effectively meet the needs of the communities we serve through a continuum of quality healthcare in a compassionate environment of mutual trust and respect.