Saint Peter’s named national ‘Top Performer’ 4th straight time by The Joint Commission

November 24, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized for the   fourth year in a row as a national “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Saint Peter’s was the only hospital in its geographic portion of central New Jersey - defined as Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Mercer counties -  to be cited on Tuesday for excellence in all six of the categories measured by The Joint Commission: heart failure, heart attack, surgical care, pneumonia, childhood asthma and perinatal care.

Among those categories, Saint Peter’s was one of only two hospitals in New Jersey cited for excellence in the care of childhood asthma. In addition, Saint Peter’s was one of only 17 of the 71 hospitals in New Jersey that submitted data to receive the Top Performer award for 2014. On a broader scale, Saint Peter’s is among only 6 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the United States to earn Top Performer status for clinical quality for four consecutive years.  
“Saint Peter’s is one of a handful of hospitals in New Jersey to be identified as meeting all of The Joint Commission measure requirements,” said Joan Gleason-Scott, PhD, RN, assistant vice president, quality and safety management. “This was made possible through dedication, teamwork, organizational knowledge, and the ability to achieve and sustain excellence, a representation of our commitment to high quality and safe care for our patients.”

Saint Peter’s was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report entitled “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety - The Joint Commission’s Annual Report,” which measured quality clinical performance by U.S. hospitals during the 2014 calendar year.

The data collected during 2014 was the most diverse information ever collected from American hospitals by The Joint Commission, according to the accrediting organization.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, and inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

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

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“This achievement demonstrates Saint Peter’s commitment to assuring evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time – because it’s the right thing to do for your patients,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Saint Peter’s is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Ronald C. Rak, CEO, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Saint Peter’s is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

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