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Takoma Named ‘Top Performer’ By Prestigious Joint Commission

Takoma Regional Hospital has been named an elite “Top Performer” in quality and safety by The Joint Commission.

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Takoma is one of only one third of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the country to earn this top honor that recognizes performance excellence based on evidence-based interventions.

"Takoma is proud to lead the way in quality improvement," Dennis Kiley, the hospital’s interim president and CEO, said. "We make it a top priority to focus on patient safety and quality of care."

The hospital was recognized in four categories of excellence: pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and immunization.

"Our entire staff has worked diligently to hardwire processes that have been proven to result in exceptional outcomes for patients," Penny Collins, Takoma’s director of accreditation and clinical support, said.

Collins credited a concurrent review process that ensures Takoma is using the latest evidence-based research to guarantee the timeliness and quality of care for every patient. "We follow guidelines provided by The Joint Commission to ensure that there is a steadfast commitment to the highest quality of healthcare possible for every patient, every time," she said. "Takoma is demonstrating that small hospitals are capable of providing the high-quality services our community needs and deserves."

Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO of The Joint Commission, added: "Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Takoma for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions."

This is the second time that Takoma has received this distinguished Joint Commission recognition. In 2011, the hospital was recognized for being a "Top Performer" in surgical care and pneumonia for 2010. "The Joint Commission has changed its criteria through the years, making it much more difficult to earn," Collins said. "We are honored to receive this recognition again – this time for four key quality measures."

Takoma also has received an "A" in patient safety in the spring 2016 "Hospital Safety Score" by The Leapfrog Group, an independent organization that rates hospitals on how well they protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. This is the fifth consecutive year that the hospital has earned the top grade for patient safety. To compare hospital scores, please go to

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