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Gateway Regional again nets Top Performer recognition

GRANITE CITY – Gateway Regional Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care.

This is the fourth time Gateway Regional has earned the designation.

Only 1,224 – or approximately one-third – of eligible United States hospitals achieved this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in certain clinical measures. The prestigious annual list was released today in the commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

“This honor means that our community can turn to Gateway Regional with confidence, knowing that we strive to provide excellent care every day,” said Ed Cunningham, chief executive officer, Gateway Regional Medical Center. “Following evidence-based clinical protocols close to 100 percent of the time is not an easy goal to reach, but one that has been achieved through the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers.”

Top Performers are recognized each year for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

Gateway Regional was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
GRMC is one of just 147 hospitals to have achieved this accomplishment for four consecutive years. It was recognized in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“We are proud of our physicians and clinical staff for their hard work to provide safe, effective care across the hospital,” said Kevin Konzen, chief of staff, Gateway Regional Medical Center. “The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts is very gratifying for our entire team.”

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Gateway Regional for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

For more information about the Top Performers program, visit

About Gateway Regional Medical Center

Gateway Regional Medical Center is a 343 bed hospital with a 100 bed behavioral health unit. Located in Granite City, GRMC and its predecessors have served the community for over 100 years. Gateway is home to The Bone & Joint Center and is a leader in joint replacement surgery and recovery. With a medical staff of over 150 physicians, Gateway Regional provides a very broad range of services, including emergency services, orthopedics, home health and hospice, occupational health, and women and newborn services.

For more information about Gateway Regional Medical Center, call (618) 798-3000.

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