Pair Of State Mental Health Institutes Earn Top Performer’ Recognition From The Joint Commission

Friday, November 1, 2013

Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and Western Mental Health Institute have both been named “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures" by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute, in Nashville, and Western Mental Health Institute, in Bolivar, were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for inpatient psychiatric services. Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and Western Mental Health Institute are two of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and Western Mental Health Institute is safe, effective care,” said E. Douglas Varney, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, which oversees the facilities. “That's why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud that two of our state mental health institutes have received the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.”

The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

“Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients in a safe, therapeutic environment,” says Bob Micinski, CEO of Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. “Our vision is to provide quality care and be recognized for excellence by professional agencies, the community, other health providers, and, most importantly, the patients we serve.”

“It is an honor for our hospital to be recognized as a national Top Performer by The Joint Commission,” says Roger Pursley, CEO of Western Mental Health Institute. “Our staff and leadership strive for excellence in what matters most with patient care and safety through the implementation of best practice guidelines. The credit for our success is a result of the efforts of our day-to-day frontline staff who provide the care and commitment to those we serve.”

Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

“Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute, Western Mental Health Institute, and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission's “Improving America's Hospitals” annual report, which was released Wednesday, Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and Western Mental Health Institute will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website (www.gualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will also be featured in the December issues of  The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.


Second Base Breakfast Thursday Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Plastic Surgery Group will host a Second Base Breakfast on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the AT&T Field drop off area at the top of the hill.  The Plastic Surgery Group is hosting the first Second Base Breakfast to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Commuters coming into the office are encouraged to drive up to the top of the hill where they will ... (click for more)

MaryEllen Locher Breast Center's Surgical Oncologist Director Responds To JAMA Oncology Study

A recently published study in Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology found treatment for women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a noninvasive cancer confined to a milk duct,  does not lessen the chance they will die from breast cancer.   Dr. Maurice Rawlings, surgical oncologist and director of the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, ... (click for more)

Brent Pickard Was Man Shot And Killed By Deputies; 4 From Sheriff's Office On Administrative Leave During City Investigation

Brent Pickard, 46, was the man who was shot and killed by county deputies on Wednesday night after a chase ended on Highway 153.. Four Hamilton County deputies were placed on leave, pending the investigation. At Pine Mar, Pickard crashed and shots were fired resulting in his death.  District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has asked Chattanooga Police to investigate ... (click for more)

Thursday Afternoon Fire Displaces Family Of 3

Chattanooga firefighters rushed to a house fire shortly after  1 p.m. on Thursday  at 4214 3 rd  Ave. Lt. Chris Blazek with Quint 6 said smoke was showing from the eves of the house when the first firefighters arrived. The firefighters forced their way in through the back door and found the fire in the basement, but the flames had spread into two bedrooms. ... (click for more)

The Obvious In School Test Scores - And Response (3)

I have been watching what has become an annual event in Chattanooga, which is the hand wringing and blame game associated with low test scores in our schools.  I keep waiting for someone to bring up what should be obvious unless they either don't want to talk about it or think they shouldn't because it might not be politically correct.   1) The highest school test scores ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Her Heart Will Go On

Tonight’s a big night in Las Vegas, one of the biggest in quite a while. Celine Dion, truly one of the most magnificent singers of our time, will return to the stage of the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace after a year’s absence and, if you dare think you can get a seat, it has been sold out for months. Of course, they say in Vegas you can buy anything, but tonight is one of the toughest ... (click for more)