Ministry Good Samaritan Earns Top Performer Recognition from Joint Commission

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill has been named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures for surgical care by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

This honor is the result of data reported to The Joint Commission about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Ministry Good Samaritan is one of 12 Wisconsin Hospitals and 620 hospitals nationwide earning the top performer distinction for surgical care for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Another Ministry Health Care Facility, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh was recognized as a top performer in the categories of heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

This is the second year in a row that Ministry Good Samaritan is being recognized as a top performer, one of only 244 hospitals in the country that achieved the distinction two years in a row.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care,” said Ministry Good Samaritan President Mary Krueger. “That’s why Ministry Good Samaritan has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Ministry Good Samaritan will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program is featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

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