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Published on November 18, 2015

Cone Health Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

Four Cone Health hospitals have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospitals are listed on The Joint Commission website as Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Operating Corporation.

Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital 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 care, heart failure care, pneumonia care, surgical care and perinatal care. They are part of 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

“Providing the very highest level of care to our patients means focusing on proven methods of care and implementing the latest evidence-based findings,” says Cone Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Swords, MD, PhD. “Taking this approach to improving care is at the heart of what we do.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on researched-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had 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 Cone Health for its excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said The Joint Commission President and CEO Mark R. Chassin, MD.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

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