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Catholic Health East Hospitals Invited by The Joint Commission to Participate in Core Measure Solution Exchange

Newtown Square, Pa., Thursday, June 2, 2011 – Twelve Catholic Health East hospitals received recognition from The Joint Commission for significant improvement and/or consistent high performance on several core measures. As a result, The Joint Commission has invited these hospitals to participate in a new online forum called the Core Measure Solution Exchange. The forum is a free online tool designed to give critical access hospitals an opportunity to share information on how to improve their performance on core measures.

The Joint Commission developed the Core Measure Solution Exchange as part of an ongoing effort to address a quality gap that exists between hospitals that have steadily improved on performance measure rates and those that still fail to consistently achieve high rates.

“The Solution Exchange is designed to facilitate the sharing of success stories regarding how accredited hospitals attained excellent performance on core measures so they can learn from each other,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., president of The Joint Commission. “Through the Solution Exchange, hospitals that are struggling to improve their performance—especially on accountability measures—will be able to learn how their peers have attained and maintained their high ratings.”

The CHE hospitals below have been invited to participate in the forum.

Core Measure: Smoking Cessation

Core Measure: Heart Failure Discharge Instructions

Core Measure: Stroke Measures

Accountability Measures

These quality measures must meet four criteria (research, proximity, accuracy and adverse effects) designed to identify those that produce the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes when hospitals demonstrate improvement:

Accountability Measure: Pneumonia Vaccine

CAccountability Measure: Blood Cultures performed within 24 hours or 24 hours after admission to ICU

Accountability Measure: Influenza Vaccine

“The Joint Commission Core Measure Solution Exchange is an exceptional opportunity to support performance improvement,” said Jeffry I. Komins, executive vice president and chief quality officer/chief medical officer, Catholic Health East. “We take great pride in the extraordinary work of the CHE Hospitals who have been asked to share their expertise with our peers throughout the Nation.”

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The CHE system includes 33 acute care hospitals, five long-term acute care hospitals, 24 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 11 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, seven behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 39 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. More information about CHE is available at



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