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Harlingen Medical Center Earns Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

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Harlingen Medical Center Earns Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

Harlingen – It usually starts slowly, with mild pain, or discomfort, right at the center of the chest. When it's happening, many are not sure what is happening simply because the pain or discomfort can come and go. But, these symptoms may be a serious sign of a medical issue. They may be symptoms from a heart attack and the best thing to do is seek medical treatment immediately. Since opening its doors in 2002, Harlingen Medical Center has been a leader in the treatment of heart attack and other heart related medical issues. Its most recent recognition, a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®, from The Joint Commission, is a testament to the hospital's continued and advanced ability to successfully treat patients who suffer from a heart attack.

Physician working on patient in emergency room

"We have a highly experienced team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists, and support staff, that are delivering world-class cardiovascular care to our patients, right here, in South Texas," said Brenda Ivory, President and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. "Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Our top-ranked heart team provides services that include: angioplasty, stenting, cardiac ablation, open heart surgery, minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement, and coronary artery bypass graft."

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, recognition of Harlingen Medical Center is for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the treatment of:

  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Surgical Care
  • and, Immunization

Harlingen Medical Center is the only hospital in the City of Harlingen to be recognized as a 2014 Top Performer, by The Joint Commission. Is only one of 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals from across the country to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Joint Commission's Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, such as heart attack.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals have to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • 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; and
  • 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. I commend the efforts of Harlingen Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President and CEO, The Joint Commission.

"We understand what matters most to our patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," said Ms. Ivory. "Harlingen Medical Center is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff."

This is the second consecutive year Harlingen Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. Harlingen Medical Center was recognized last year for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

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