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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2014

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Lincoln Regional Center Earns Top Performer
Recognition from The Joint Commission

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Lincoln Regional Center 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.

LRC is one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction, and even more significantly, LRC is one of only 712 hospitals to achieve the distinction for the past two consecutive years.  It is the only psychiatric hospital in the state to receive this recognition.

LRC 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.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for inpatient psychiatric services, as well as other services. 

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of the Lincoln Regional Center for its excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“What matters most to us is the quality and safety of the care that patients receive at LRC,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “We have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  Being named a Top Performer recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of staff.”

In addition, the 180-day readmission rate for someone leaving LRC and returning to any hospital in Nebraska was 5.6 percent last year, compared to a national rate of 21 percent, Adams said.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

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