PAMC earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ recognition from The Joint Commission

December 01, 2014
Anchorage, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.
PAMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2014 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety," for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia and for surgical care. Providence Alaska Medical Center is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.
"We are honored that The Joint Commission has recognized Providence Alaska Medical Center for our commitment to safety and quality of care," said Michael Acarregui, M.D., chief medical officer at Providence Alaska Medical Center. "Working to ensure positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes has been a top priority. Our caregivers will continue to work to provide the best possible care for Alaskans."
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
"The best thing about this award is it recognizes our caregivers and all their hard work to create and maintain a safe environment for our patients," said Deb Hansen, R.N., chief nurse executive at Providence Alaska Medical Center. "Much of this work is behind-the-scenes but the impact is something that benefits every patient in our care."
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Providence Alaska Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”


    About Providence Alaska Medical Center
    Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit:

    About The Joint Commission
    An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For more information, visit