Tappahannock, VA Riverside Tappahannock Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting body for healthcare organizations across America.

 "Our team at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital has worked continuously to improve the quality of care delivered to our patients," said John Peterman, Vice President and Administrator at RTH, "and this award is a true reflection of the dedication, skill and experience they bring every day to our patients, physicians and community."

Three other Riverside facilities –Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, and Riverside Behavioral Health Center in Hampton – were among the 26 Virginia hospitals to be recognized this year as Top Performers as well.

 "Our achievement is a reflection of our emphasis on meeting our mission of caring for others as we would care for those we love," said Liz Martin, Vice President of Quality for the health system. "It also reflects our focus on delivering high reliability, evidence-based care to each and every patient, in all of our communities, regardless of the size of the hospital or location."

"This award not only recognizes the work that our team does but provides an assurance to our community that proven high quality health care is available right here in our own community," Peterman said.

RTH was noted for exemplary care in three areas – heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care – based on data submitted to The Joint Commission for 2012.

To be named a Top Performer, hospitals must provide care that meets all the standards 95 percent of the time overall, as well as on each individual measure. An example of evidence-based practice is giving heart attack patients aspirin on arrival or giving antibiotics an hour before surgery.

"Quality is an integral part of the Riverside Care Difference; our commitment to keep patients safe, help heal them, respect their wishes and to be kind of them," said Barry Gross, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the health system. "Achieving this level of consistency takes a tremendous effort and unified focus. It's all about working together at every level to create processes to keep each patient safe and to deliver the best care possible."

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, RTH, RWRH, RRMC, and RBHC will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org

Published: November 4, 2013