Scripps Health Earns National Quality Honors from Joint Commission

Annual program recognizes evidence-based performance improvements

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Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas each have been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

The Scripps hospitals were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke. Additionally, Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas were recognized for excellence in perinatal care, and Scripps Green was recognized for excellence in immunization.

The Scripps hospitals are among 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the country to achieve Top Performer distinction this year.

“This important designation by The Joint Commission reflects the commitment to deliver safe, effective care by physicians and staff members at all of our hospitals,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Scripps remains committed to providing the highest-quality care possible to our patients through evidence-based processes.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures.
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases.
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Scripps for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

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