For the third straight year, Rapides Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission accrediting agency for the nation’s hospitals.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is one of just 182 hospitals nationwide to have been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures each year since the program was started by The Joint Commission.

This year, The Joint Commission recognized 1,099 hospitals as a Top Performer.

According to the Executive Summary of The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety, each of the 1,099 Top Performer hospitals met three performance criteria based on 2012 accountability measure data.  A recognized hospital must:

1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and

3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of every 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

RRMC was recognized for performing at 95 percent or above in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is the only acute care hospital in Central Louisiana recognized as a Top Performer. In July, Rapides Regional Medical Center was named one of Louisiana’s top three hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.