For Immediate Release: September 24, 2012

Two Catholic Health Services Hospitals Named Joint Commission “Top Performers”

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Among just 3 hospitals in all of Nassau or Suffolk to earn this prestigious recognition

(Rockville Centre, NY) Two Catholic Health Services (CHS) hospitals have been ranked as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital, both members of CHS, are among just 3 hospitals in all of Nassau or Suffolk to earn this prestigious recognition, placing them in the top 18% of more than 3,000 hospitals evaluated. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

“We strive for the utmost quality for the benefit of our patients. The Joint Commission’s ranking recognizes our hospitals’ extraordinary level of commitment to sustaining quality health care across a wide spectrum of performance measures,” said CHS Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Joel Yohai, MD. “Everyone at CHS is so very proud of the patient care teams at St. Charles and Good Samaritan.”

Earning a place on the Top Performers list for the second consecutive year, St. Charles most recently received this recognition for pneumonia, surgical care and stroke measures. Good Samaritan, a Magnet® designated hospital, also excelled in measures for pneumonia and surgical care, as well as heart attack and heart failure. Both St. Charles and Good Samaritan achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures in data reported to The Joint Commission, for every one of which each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

In addition to Joint Commission accreditation, Good Samaritan and St. Charles—along with other CHS hospitals—participate in the New York State Partnership for Patients, a quality and safety initiative developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Also, in the latest available data (July 2012), Good Samaritan achieved 100 percent in the CMS core measures for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia, while St. Charles achieved 100 percent for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke and another CHS hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, achieved 100 percent for pneumonia and heart failure. St. Catherine has also earned the Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for stroke care. Two other CHS facilities, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, and Mercy Medical Center, were recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence: St. Francis was ranked the number one hospital on Long Island and was the only one on the Island to be top-ranked nationally in cardiology and heart surgery, while Mercy was listed as one of New York’s Best Hospitals and was rated as “superior” in patient safety. Earlier this year, CHS’s St. Joseph Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, which demonstrates a commitment to the highest level of patient care.

CHS’s St. Charles Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission.

Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health agency, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a nearly 24% market share.

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