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Southwest General Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition

Caroline Fienga
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Middleburg Heights, OH (Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015) – Southwest General is proud to announce that the hospital has been recognized, for a third consecutive year, as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organization in the U.S.  

Southwest General was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical care
  • Stroke
  • Perinatal care

The hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of successful outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures included in the recognition program are:

- Heart attack                                  ​ - Heart failure

- Pneumonia                                     - Surgical care

- Children’s asthma                         - Inpatient psychiatric services

- Stroke                                         &nbs​p;    - Venous thromboembolism

- Perinatal care                                - Immunization

- Tobacco treatment                        - Substance use

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases, and;
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Southwest General for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Southwest General is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to continually improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “The additional new recognition of excellence for ‘stroke care’ and ‘perinatal care,’ added to our continued recognition for excellence in the care of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, demonstrates that drive for excellence.

Southwest General is proud to be named a Top Performer again. This achievement recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves.