Physicians Regional makes list of top-performing U.S. hospitals

NAPLES, FLORIDA (September 14, 2011 by Naples Daily News) -- Two Southwest Florida hospital systems, both owned by Naples-based Health Management Associates, are among 405 top-performing hospitals in the country, according to an analysis by a leading healthcare accreditation group. The Joint Commission, for the first time in its sixth annual report on quality and safety, released a list of top performing hospitals.

In Southwest Florida, Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Collier County and Lehigh Regional Medical Center in eastern Lee County were included. All told, 51 Florida hospitals were listed as top performers. The recognition is based on evidence-based clinical procedures that are known to improve outcomes for five medical conditions. The conditions are heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

To be recognized, hospitals had to meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. Data from 2010 was used.

“We understand that what matters most to our patients at Physicians Regional Healthcare System is safe, effective care,” said Todd Lupton, chief executive officer of the hospital system with campuses off Pine Ridge Road and Collier Boulevard.

NCH Healthcare System in Collier County and Lee Memorial Health System in Lee County were not included.