Today, St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, was named one of 1,099 hospitals in the nation and one of four hospitals in North Dakota, as a Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission  (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. St. Alexius was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
St. Alexius Medical Center and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures 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. 
“We understand that what matters most to patients at St. Alexius is safe, effective care. That’s why St. Alexius has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. St. Alexius is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center.
“St. Alexius and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”