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

 "Our team at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital works 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."

Four other Riverside facilities –Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Riverside Behavioral Health Center in Hampton, and Riverside Shore Memorial in Nassawadox –were also recognized as Top Performers.

"Quality is an underpinning of the Riverside Care Difference, our commitment to provide safety, healing, kindness and respect," said Liz Martin, Vice President of Quality for Riverside. "We've cemented evidence-based care processes into our practice to make sure everyone gets what they need when they need it. Those processes are consistent at all our hospitals, which is what has enabled us to achieve the Top Performer status so broadly throughout the health system."

 "This award is the result of our ongoing commitment to quality and a lot of hard work from our team," said Peterman. It is also an assurance to our community that proven high quality health care is available right here, close to home. And when you choose to receive care locally, you strengthen the community. Supporting local rural hospitals like RTH ensures that we will continue to be here when you need us. We are proud that we not only support the physical health of our neighbors but also the economic health of our community through the creation of jobs and local spending.

RTH was noted for exemplary care in two areas –pneumonia and surgical care –based on data submitted to The Joint Commission for 2013.

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.

Published: December 4, 2014