Top Performer - JCAHONewport News, VA – Riverside today 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.  The recognition by the Joint Commission 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.

Riverside is one of twelve Virginia hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measurers 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, the first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measurers an organization must be two 95 percent performance thresholds.  First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measurers for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measurers 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 measurers with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Riverside was recognized for achieving these thresholds for ­­­Heart Failure, heart attack,, pneumonia, and surgical care.  "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 Riverside that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measurers of quality care," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P, M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Riverside is safe, effective care.  That's why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  Riverside is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measurers," said, Patrick Parcells MD, Administrator Riverside Regional Medical Center.

In addition to being included in today's release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, Riverside will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (


Published: September 14, 2011