Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
Fayetteville VA Medical Center Makes Joint Commission’s Top Performers List
September 14, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission today as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2010. Fayetteville is one of only 20 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers recognized across the nation.
"We at VA are very pleased with the recognition from The Joint Commission and proud of the medical centers that made this list, proving VA's dedication to performance measurement and accountability are placing Veterans' health care among the top tiers of the country," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. "I hope American Veterans hear this news and either take renewed confidence in the care they receive or decide to try VA health care for the first time."
While all VA medical centers hold The Joint Commission accreditation, today's list recognizes medical centers and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The 405 facilities on the list were identified for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010) and represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.
The Fayetteville VA Medical Center was recognized for achievements in heart failure care and pneumonia care accountability measures. The Joint Commission report singles out hospitals in 45 states.
"We are thrilled with this announcement, but it only confirms what we've known for a long time – that the care provided at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center is second to none," said FVAMC Director Elizabeth Goolsby. "Our staff is dedicated to serving our nation's heroes – our Veterans – and ensuring their health care needs are met in the most professional and efficient way possible."
The list of top performing hospitals and the measure set or sets for which the hospital was recognized are available online at www.jointcommission.org/topperformers.
"VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electronic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade now," said Dr. Robert A Petzel, VA's Under Secretary for Health. "I am proud of the staff that have enjoyed such sustained success and I fully expect to see more VA medical centers making this list next year."
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