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  • Bassett earns top performer status

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  • COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center has earned recognition from The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program.
    Bassett was among 1,099 hospitals to meet or exceed The Joint Commission’s performance targets for 2012 out of more than 3,300 hospitals across the country that submit data, according to a news release.
    The award recognizes hospitals that use evidence-based clinical processes proven to be the best treatments, the release stated.
    “Applying evidence-based practices to the care of our patients not only improves outcomes,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bertine Colombo McKenna, Ph.D., said in the release. “It’s also the means by which we can achieve continued improvement and ultimately, realize our goal of delivering high quality care to every patient every time. At Bassett, that has been and continues to be our focus.”
    In order to earn top performer status, Bassett needed to meet two levels of evaluation criteria. First, the medical center’s accountability composite score had to equal or be greater than 95 percent. Second, the score for each individual accountability measure also had to meet or exceed 95 percent. Each accountability measure is based on an evidence-based practice.
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