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Mitchell hospital only one in SD to earn praise from commission

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell was the only hospital in South Dakota recognized recently by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012.

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The Top Performer hospitals were formally announced in late 2013, when The Joint Commission published its Improving America’s Hospitals annual report.

Avera Queen of Peace was recognized for pneumonia and surgical care measure sets. That means the hospital was recognized for a host of practices, including giving pneumonia patients the most appropriate initial antibiotics, giving outpatients having surgery the right antibiotic at the right time, and giving patients treatment at the right time to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery, to name a few factors.

Tom Clark, regional president and CEO at Avera Queen of Peace, said the entire staff should be recognized for the achievement. He said Brenda Olson, director of quality-risk management, and Monica Meyers, analyst specialist, quality-risk management, led the efforts on behalf of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Presentation and Benedictine Sisters who sponsor our hospital, and all of my associates, I extend my thanks to the QualityRisk Management Team, as well as all Avera Queen of Peace associates for their dedication to ongoing quality improvement,” Clarke said in a news release.

In 2013, 1,099 hospitals were recognized, representing the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

“This achievement demonstrates a commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time, because it’s the right thing to do for patients,” said a letter from Mark Chassin, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.