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Medical Center Earns National Award for Third Consecutive Year, State Award for First Year


Sonora Regional Medical Center has earned a spot among the top-performing hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row. The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations, has named Sonora Regional Medical Center a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for exemplary performance using clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. As such, the Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” The award is based on data reported in 2013 for evidence-based interventions for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma care, hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism (VTE), immunization and perinatal care.

Sonora Regional Medical Center is one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013. The Medical Center is also one of only 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years. By earning this award for a third consecutive year, Sonora Regional Medical Center demonstrates a solid foundation and consistency in quality care.

“It is an honor to be one of the leading facilities to achieve the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures designation for the third year in a row,” said Andrew Jahn, President and CEO. “We understand what matters most to patients at Sonora Regional Medical Center is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why our medical staff and employees have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”

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 percent or above on each reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 cases; and 3.) have at least one core measure set with all applicable individual accountability measures within that set having 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, for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“Delivering the right care in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Sonora Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. For more information about The Joint Commission and the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures award visit

Sonora Regional Medical Center also received, for the first year, the annual Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC). CALNOC, the nation’s first nurse quality indicators database, presents the award to recognize exceptional hospitals for outstanding performance in the areas of reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, injuries from falls and infections. This year, 130 hospitals including Sonora Regional Medical Center, are being recognized for their commitment and dedication to nursing quality.

“We applaud the efforts of these hospitals in improving patient health and safety,” said Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer for CALNOC. “Their work is exemplary and represents a lasting commitment to healthcare quality.” For more information about CALNOC and its performance awards, visit