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Petaluma Valley Earns 'Top Performer On Key Quality Matters'


Petaluma Valley Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Petaluma Valley Hospital, an 80-bed community based district hospital operated by St. Joseph Health, today was named one of the United States’ top performers on key clinical quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations, in conjunction with the commission’s release of its annual report on Improving America’s Hospitals.

The Joint Commission recognized Petaluma Valley Hospital, the only hospital in the North Bay to earn inclusion among 405 top-performing hospitals nationwide, based on its evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for patient conditions including heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care.

“Our dedicated staff and physicians work diligently to ensure we provide care that is timely, evidence-based, efficient, equitable, patient- and family-centered, and spiritual,” said Dr. Clyde Wesp, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at St. Joseph Health. “A major part of our success is our incorporation of performance improvement methods that have always been essential to providing the highest quality of healthcare to patients at Petaluma Valley Hospital and throughout our health system. This is a great honor and embodies our core strategic goal to deliver Perfect Care.”

Jane Read, Vice President of Operations at Petaluma Valley, praised Petaluma hospital employees and the medical staff: “This is a reflection of their care, compassion, skill and knowledge in how best to manage patients’ treatment. Our standards of care are high, ranking with the best in the nation,” she said. “I’m really proud to be part of a hospital team that has such high standards, and that is now being recognized for top performance outcomes that demonstrate the quality of care our patients receive.”

Petaluma Valley was named among the 405 U.S. hospitals earning the Joint Commission’s 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 year’s recognition program, the first of its kind, is based on data reported for 2010. These distinguished hospitals are listed at:

"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 Petaluma Valley Hospital that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Petaluma Valley Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (

About The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, a hospital must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, the hospital 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 were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, the hospital 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.

About Petaluma Valley Hospital
For over 30 years, Petaluma Valley Hospital has served the needs of south Sonoma County and northern Marin County. Owned by the Petaluma Health Care District and leased by St. Joseph Health, this 80-bed community based acute care hospital is part of an integrated healthcare delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. The health system’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of the communities it serves. Other Sonoma County-based entities and partners include Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Hospice of Petaluma and Memorial Hospice, North County Hospice, St. Joseph Urgent Care Centers, St. Joseph Home Care Network and Annadel Medical Group.

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