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Packard Children’s Hospital Earns Top Recognition from Leading Accreditor of Health Care Organizations

STANFORD, Calif. --   Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® today by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Packard Children’s was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.
 
 Packard Children’s is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The hospital’s Top Performer honor was the result of achievements and measures in children’s asthma care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
 
 “Packard Children’s and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”
 
 “We share this honor with our entire team of doctors, nurses and staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Medicine,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Packard Children’s. “They know that what matters most to patients is safe, effective care. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes, and we are proud of the Joint Commission recognition.”
 
The care delivered to patients at Packard Children’s is overseen by the faculty physicians at the Stanford School of Medicine, who are global leaders in pediatric and obstetric medicine.
 
 In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Packard Children’s will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

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Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized as one of America’s best, we are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 45 locations in Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at stanfordchildrens.org and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. You can also discover how we are Building the Hospital of the Future. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.