Tri‐County Hospital is Joint Commission ‘Top Performer’
Wadena, MN – December 1, 2015 —Tri‐County Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top performers for
attaining and sustaining excellence in key quality measures by Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care
organizations in the United States. The Top Performer program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain and sustain
excellence in accountability measure performance. Tri‐County represents the top 31.5% of all Joint Commissionaccredited
hospitals that reported accountability measure performance for 2014 and are being recognized for
achievement in Immunization and Pneumonia Care.
Tri‐County Hospital is one of 12 Minnesota hospitals and only 1,043 hospitals in the United States to be
recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. This distinguished award recognizes
Tri‐County’s commitment to assuring that evidence‐based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right
time – because it’s the right thing to do for our patients.
This is the second consecutive year that Tri‐County has been recognized as Top Performer. Tri‐County was
recognized last year for its performance on accountability measure data for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
“Shorter hospital stays, fewer return visits AFTER receiving care and ensuring that our patients are up‐to‐date on
their immunizations – these are things that all of us want and quite frankly deserve as patients—what I would
expect and demand for myself and my family,” said Joel Beiswenger, Tri‐County Health Care President and CEO. “Tri‐
County is evaluated on these measures each and every year, and I am proud to say that we are not only meeting, but we
are exceeding these national standards.”
To be recognized as a top performer, Tri‐County Hospital had to:
• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least
30 denominator cases; and
• Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within the measure
set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.
A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence‐based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to
provide the practice.
“Recognition like this takes tremendous team work across all departments. For example, our health unit
coordinators, inpatient nursing staff and the pharmacy department work together to ensure that our unvaccinated
inpatients have the opportunity to get the seasonal influenza vaccination. To minimize misses, the process involves not
only asking the patient about their immunization history, but also reviewing their chart and the Minnesota Immunization
Information Connection (MIIC) database,” said Tammy Suchy, Director of Quality and Risk Management/Compliance
The Joint Commission continues to be a leader in performance measurement and is the nation’s oldest and
largest standards‐setting and accrediting body in health care. Quality improvements in hospitals contributes to saved
lives, better health and quality of life for many patients, as well as lower health care costs.
“We understand what matters most to our patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why
we have made it a top priority to enhance positive patient outcomes through evidence‐based care processes,” said
Beiswenger. “This recognition by the Joint Commission is made possible because of our staff’s dedication to our
community. Their hard work, commitment to their patients and ability to work as a team makes a difference.”