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Health care accreditor recognizes Madison VA hospital

Hospital recognized for processes used to improve patient care for certain conditions

MADISON, Wis. - The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital was recognized Wednesday for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes to improve care for certain conditions, according to a release.

The hospital was also recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, according to the release.

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, named the hospital the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, according to the release. The Madison VA hospital is the only acute care hospital in Madison to achieve the status.

"William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement," Mark R. Chassin, president and chief executive officer of the Joint Commission, said in a release.

Ratings are based on accountability measure data reported to the Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at our hospital is safe, effective care. That's why the Madison VA Hospital has made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," said Judy McKee, Madison VA Hospital director. "This designation reflects on our entire staff of extraordinarily dedicated professionals and the high quality care we provide to America's heroes."

To view the complete list of top-performing hospitals, click here.

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