For the second consecutive year, Southside Hospital was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.
The Bay Shore-based hospital was one of only three on Long Island, along with Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, to earn the recognition out of more than 3,000 hospitals that submitted data. The rating is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported by the commission for the 2011 calendar year. Click here to view the report.
"It is truly unbelievable. Very exciting," said Donna Moravick, Southside's executive director, of the distinction.
Moravick chalks up the hospital's success to the consistency of the care they provide.
"There is a certain standard of care that you have to uphold, which we take really seriously," she said. "We try to treat every day as though we're being inspected."
Southside excelled in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. In order to be recognized, the hospital had to achieve a performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures in data reported to The Joint Commission.
According to Moravick, each staff member contributes to the hospital's acheivement.
"Our approach is never unilateral—it is a team approach to ensure the best quality care is delivered," she said. "Everyone in this building plays an important part in the car of our patients."