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GBMC Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Nov 13, 2014
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Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

GBMC was recognized, according to The Joint Commission, for its “commitment to assuring that evidence based intentions are delivered in the right way at the right time – because it’s the right thing to do for your patients.”

“This demonstrates that we are moving toward our vision of treating everyone the way we want our own loved ones treated. We are pleased that the Joint Commission has recognized us as one of their ‘top performers’ on key quality measures,” said John Chessare, M.D., president and CEO of GBMC Healthcare Inc.“ This honor speaks highly of our staff's commitment to delivering evidence-based care to our patients.”

GBMC is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. GBMC was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Failure; Pneumonia; and Surgical Care.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2013 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 11 percent from last year and it represents 36.9 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2013.

GBMC and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for: 1) Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of GBMC for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
GBMC celebrated its 49th anniversary this year. GBMC is in the midst of a transformation into a community system of care through the eyes of the patient that can deliver on its four aims of better health and better care at lower cost and with more joy for those providing the care.

“We are working hard to improve our care every day. We welcome people to review our quality parameters that we update monthly at,” Chessare added.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s report titled “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” annual report, GBMC will be recognized on The Joint Commission website, and on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

The Joint Commission is an independent, non-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide, according to its website
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