Most Triangle hospitals were named Top Performers in various areas of care by the Illinois-based Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditation organization for U.S. hospitals.
The annual recognition is prestigious within the hospital industry, and Rex Hospital officials celebrated by posting a YouTube video thanking their 5,700 employees. In the Rex skit, hospital managers propose preposterous ways to thank hospital employees, such as distributing wads of cash or giving away free cars, as Rex’s chief financial officer Bernadette Spong passes out in dismay.
Officials at WakeMed Health and Hospitals noted that WakeMed Cary hospital was one of only 44 in U.S. hospitals to attain Top Performer ranking in five areas of care: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke and surgical care.
Other Triangle hospitals were recognized in four areas of care, including three Duke University hospitals in Durham and Raleigh. WakeMed’s flagship hospital in Raleigh and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, which handle the most complex medical cases, are the only major Triangle hospitals absent from this year’s Top Performer list.
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However, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, known as Brunswick Community Hospital, was ranked in six areas of care out of a total of 10 possible categories, more than any other hospital in the state.
The awards, announced Nov. 13, reflect hospital performance in 2013. A Top Performer ranking signifies the hospital operates in the 95th percentile in that area of care. As part of the award process, Joint Commission staff spends about a week at each hospital reviewing procedures and performance.
The awards, announced Nov. 13, reflect performance in 2013 by hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission. Top Performer hospitals achieve a score of 95 percent or higher in specific processes of care. Top Performers are selected based on self-reported data; the program is not part of The Joint Commission accreditation process.