SMYRNA, Tenn. (September 19, 2012) – TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center today was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. TriStar StoneCrest was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

TriStar StoneCrest is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. TriStar StoneCrest was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care.  The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligible accredited hospitals reporting data.

This is the second year in a row that TriStar StoneCrest is being recognized as a Top Performer. TriStar StoneCrest is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, TriStar StoneCrest was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievement on heart attack and pneumonia measure sets.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity.  Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.”

“We are proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Mark Sims, CEO at TriStar StoneCrest.  I am also proud of the superior level of care provided by our physicians and staff each day. This recognition is evidence of our focus on the mission:  improving the quality of human life.”  

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, TriStar StoneCrest will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (  The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.

About TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center
TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, part of TriStar Health, is a 101 bed facility offering a full array of acute care services, including emergency care, general surgery, cardiology, obstetrics, intensive care, physical medicine, outpatient diagnostic services, and cancer care.  Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, TriStar StoneCrest is a national leader in providing quality healthcare.  For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar StoneCrest Medical, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or visit the website at and choose TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center.  TriStar StoneCrest is located at 200 StoneCrest Boulevard, Smyrna, TN.