Three MSHA hospitals earn quality awards from The Joint Commission


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Three Mountain States Health Alliance hospitals were recognized this week as top performers on key quality measures defined by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center and Russell County Medical Center were recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

These three hospitals are among only 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction of “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.” Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of quality performance data reported to The Joint Commission during the calendar year 2010.

“This achievement is the result of a great deal of commitment and collaboration among physicians, team members, volunteers and other caregivers across MSHA,” said Tamera Fields, MSHA’s vice president of quality. “We as a system have made significant investments in researching what works at other hospitals, identifying areas for improvement and participating in national and regional quality improvement processes. This recognition from The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures lets us know we are on the right track.”

Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president of The Joint Commission, said, “Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals, such as Franklin Woods, Indian Path and Russell County, that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality care.”

About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit
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