Highlands Medical Center Much Improved

Joint Commission Annual Report Shows Highlands Medical Center Made Vast Improvements on Key Quality Measures

November 1, 2012 - The Joint Commission annual report summarizes the performance of more than 3,300 Joint Commission accredited hospitals on accountability measures of evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, AL scored equal to or better than the national average on the quality indicators measured by Joint Commission during the latest reporting period of April 2011-March 2012.

Some areas where Highlands scored higher than the national average are: discharge instructions for heart failure patients, timely blood cultures for pneumonia patients cared for in an intensive care unit, surgical patients who received appropriate medication prior to and after intestinal surgical procedures, hip replacement patients receiving the appropriate antibiotic to help prevent infection, knee joint replacement patients receiving the appropriate antibiotic prior to during and after surgery making up three categories,  appropriate hair removal for surgical patients.

"We are making every effort to provide Jackson County with the best possible care," says Debra Brickley, Director of Quality Management at Highlands Medical Center. "All hospitals have standards set by many State and Federal agencies, who all monitor healthcare facilities closely. Highlands has made vast improvements over the past few years, and we continue to improve as we strive for excellence," Brickley says.

Joint Commission is the gold standard for monitoring and reporting improvement measures. Highlands Medical Center recently underwent a Joint Commission survey where they passed and continue to be Joint Commission Accredited.

If you haven't been a patient at Highlands or it's been awhile, take another look. Highlands provides care for this community, and not just any care, quality care from the people you know and trust.


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