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    CPMC Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

    Contact: Kevin McCormack, (415) 600-7484
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    San Francisco, CA, September 14, 2011 – California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network of care, today was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation body of health care organizations in America.

    CPMC’s St. Luke’s Campus was honored for its work in heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The Joint Commission recognition is 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.

    CPMC, and five other Sutter Health hospitals, are among just 405 hospitals nationwide to earn 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.

    Other hospitals honored within the Sutter Health network include:

    Greater Sacramento/Central Valley Region

    • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care

    • Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care

    • Memorial Hospital Los Banos  – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care
    Greater San Francisco Bay Area
    • Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care

    • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz – Recognized for surgical care
    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.

    “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 CPMC 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.

    “Our integrated network has long focused on ways to make patient care more affordable and accessible while maintaining excellent clinical quality,” said Gordon Hunt M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “We partner with patients to deliver care in innovative ways that meet their unique needs. It’s an honor to have six of our affiliate hospitals recognized among the nation’s best in The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, demonstrating our latest quality achievements.”

    In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, CPMC will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

    California Pacific Medical Center. Beyond Medicine

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine.

    But we also believe that medicine alone is only part of the solution. That’s why we look intently at each individual case and treat the whole person, not just the illness. It’s why we go beyond medical care and provide our patients with things like disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments.

    As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Medicine can transform a body. But going beyond medicine can transform a life.