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Baylor Plano Named Top Performer

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano has been named one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Baylor Plano was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma.

Baylor Plano is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission. Accountability measures were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Baylor Plano was recognized for achieving these thresholds for pneumonia and Surgical Care Improvement Project.

"Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Baylor Plano that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Baylor Plano is safe, effective, patient-centered care. That's why Baylor Plano has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Baylor Plano is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures," says Jerri Garison, president, Baylor Plano.

In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, www.jointcommission.org/annualreport.aspx, Baylor Plano will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org.

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is a 112-bed acute care hospital committed to serving North Texas residents with personalized care and advanced technology on a beautiful campus with hotel-like amenities and all private rooms. Services at the not-for-profit, fully-accredited facility include treatment for advanced spine deformities at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, neurosciences, orthopedics, medical and radiation oncology, surgical weight loss, women's services, gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, sleep disorders, pain management, diabetes management and more. Patients have access to digital imaging onsite at Baylor Plano, Baylor Diagnostic Imaging Center at Craig Ranch, and the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano Elizabeth Jekot, M.D., Breast Imaging Center. The hospital is the first in North Dallas and Collin County to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for procedures through the FDA-approved da VinciĀ® S Surgical System. Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano ranks fourth on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Best Hospitals metro area ranking for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Baylor Plano is also a 2010 recipient of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and houses an Accredited Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer. Baylor Plano is the only hospital in Collin County and one of six in Texas to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Jerri Garison is president of Baylor Plano. For more information, or a physician referral, call toll free 1-800-4-BAYLOR or log onto www.BaylorHealth.com/Plano.

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.

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CONTACT: Kayci Prince
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