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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 1, 2013

The Joint Commission Names Hospitals as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures


RICHMOND: Four of Virginia’s state-run psychiatric hospitals have been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Joint Commission recognized these four hospitals for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. These hospitals are operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS).


The Four Hospitals are:

  • Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia
  • Catawba Hospital, Catawba, Virginia
  • Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Danville, Virginia

  • “We are very pleased with this achievement, especially as these four hospitals represent the top third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report this data across the nation,” said DBHDS Commissioner Jim Stewart. “Being recognized in this manner shows Virginia’s exceptional commitment to safe, effective care and continuous quality improvement for individuals with serious mental illness who require inpatient care.”

    The Joint Commission’s Top Performer program is intended to encourage hospitals to consistently improve their performance on accountability measures by publicly recognizing those that achieve excellence in this arena. Nationwide, 1,099 hospitals among the public and private sectors earned the distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

    Last year was the first year that freestanding psychiatric hospitals or hospitals with inpatient psychiatric units were recognized as Top Performers. DBHDS psychiatric hospitals monitor measures that expand their ability to continuously increase quality of care and improve the experiences of patients during their hospital stay.

    In order to be considered for this distinction, hospitals must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

    DBHDS operates nine psychiatric hospitals across the commonwealth, including seven psychiatric hospitals for adults, one psychiatric hospital for children and one for geriatric patients. More information on The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program can be found here:


    Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public behavioral health and developmental disabilities services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DBHDS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance-use disorders.


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