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Walla Walla General Hospital Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition from The Joint Commission


WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Walla Walla General Hospital was 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. WWGH was 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.

WWGH is one of only 405 U.S. 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 a multitude of items of data reported to The Joint Commission during 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 for which they report data to The Joint Commission, 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 case or patients.

WWGH was recognized for achieving these thresholds for pneumonia.

“A lot of hard work from staff on all levels went into making this award a reality for WWGH, 1 of only 5 hospitals in our state to receive this award,” says Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. “We really appreciate the work they’ve done, and we are delighted in this recognition of our dedication to excellent health care.”