Panama City, FL - Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for HEART ATTACK, HEART FAILURE, PNEUMONIA, SURGICAL CARE, STROKE and PERINATAL CARE. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

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. The performance measures included in the recognition program including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

This is the fifth year Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer. To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • 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 had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

"At Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, we have made it a top priority to address patient safety and quality healthcare by improving upon our evidence-based care processes," said Carlton Ulmer, president and chief executive officer at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

"We are proud to be named a Top Performer and thank our entire hospital staff and physicians for its knowledge, teamwork and engagement to improve our performance," added Ulmer.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.