Salem, VA, November, 2014 – Today, all four LewisGale Regional Health System hospitals were named as one of the nation’s 2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Only 37% of accredited U.S. hospitals earned this status for 2013 and 33 Virginia hospitals.

This is the second time all four hospitals have achieved this exemplary level of performance, since The Joint Commission started publishing its report in 2011. LewisGale Hospital Alleghany has been named a Top Performer every year. This is the third time for LewisGale Medical Center, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.

“To once again achieve this recognition as a health system is a testament to our commitment to clinical excellence,” said Jon Bartlett, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “Nothing is more important to us than providing our patients with safe, effective, compassionate care. I want to commend our physicians and staff for achieving this goal every day.”

The hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission based on 2013 data reported about evidence-based clinical processes linked to better patient outcomes for certain medical conditions and procedures:

  • LewisGale Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care
  • LewisGale Hospital Alleghany: pneumonia and surgical care
  • LewisGale Hospital Montgomery: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care
  • LewisGale Hospital Pulaski: heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care

The Joint Commission singles out hospitals based on their performance related to accountability measures on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunizations, children’s asthma and inpatient psychiatric care.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospitals annual report, each LewisGale hospital will be recognized on The Commission’s Quality Check website www.qualitycheck.org.

About LewisGale Regional Health System
LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.