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“Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012” comprises 620 hospitals, including St. Vincent Healthcare, that lead the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes linked to positive patient outcomes.

St. Vincent Healthcare and the hospitals identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability performance in 2011 represent about 18 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data. St. Vincent Healthcare was one of three Montana hospitals to achieve top-performer status. Others are Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

The list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures increased more than 50 percent to 620 hospitals from its debut last year, and 244 of the hospitals named in the new report are appearing on the list for the second year. The designation is based on performance related to accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism care and stroke care.

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