Hughston Hospital in Columbus Recognized as 'Top Performer' on Key Quality Measures' by The Joint Commission





COLUMBUS, GA – Hughston Hospital in Columbus, Georgia 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 Joint Commission issues the recognitions based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. The Joint Commission has recognized Hughston Hospital in Columbus for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures during 2010 for surgical care.

HughstonHospital is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performers on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Hughston Hospital is the only hospital in West Central Georgia and East Alabama to earn this recognition.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, an organization must score at least 95 percent on two performance standards.  First, a hospital must achieve performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, a hospital must also meet a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“Hughston Hospital has enjoyed a long standing national reputation for clinical excellence and this award validates the continued commitment by our exceptional employees coupled with the highly skilled members of the medical staff,” said James R. “Butch” Wheeler, CEO of Hughston Hospital. “We are honored to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, especially since this year marks the first time the award has been presented.”

“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 hospital such as Hughston Hospital that have achieved exceptional performance on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H, president, The Joint Commission.





About Hughston Hospital : Opened in 1984, Hughston Hospital in Columbus was the nation’s first hospital designed specifically to treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries or disorders. Today, the 100-bed, all private room hospital is nationally recognized for delivering outstanding clinical quality and the highest levels of customer service. For more information on Hughston Hospital, go to www.yourhealthourmission.com.

 About The Joint Commission:  Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.


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As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.