Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Earns Top Performer Recognition from the Joint Commission

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill has been 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.

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 seven Wisconsin Hospitals and just 405 hospitals nationwide earning the top performer distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Nearly 3100 hospitals submitted data as a part of the program and this is the first time The Joint Commission has recognized top performing facilities with this award.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care and Ministry Good Samaritan is a shining example of a facility that has achieved excellence in quality of care,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. Ministry Good Samaritan was recognized for achieving these thresholds for pneumonia and surgical care.

“We understand that safe, effective care matters most to our patients,” said Kris McGarigle, president of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care and this recognition is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff.”

The facilities recognized as top performers in key quality measures were recognized in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals,” annual report which can be found at

“A significant contributing factor to maintaining compliance for these best practice thresholds for surgical and pneumonia measures was to integrate the indicators into our physician order sets,” said Danny Loosemore, director of performance improvement at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “This is another sign of their commitment to quality and patient safety as it is a true team effort.”

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