The Joint Commission recently designated Women’s & Children’s Hospital as a Top Performer™ for its efforts in the key quality measures of Perinatal Care, Children’s Asthma Care and Surgery.

“We have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said John Marker, chief nursing officer for Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “This honor highlights the hard work and dedication of the physicians, leadership and the entire staff.”

Women’s & Children’s Hospital was recognized as a Top Performer™ in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety. It is among 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction and is among only 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals 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 and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data. The Perinatal Care measure set includes Elective Delivery, Cesarean Section, Antenatal Steroids, Healthcare-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Newborns and Exclusive Breastmilk Feeding.