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For Immediate Release
December 7, 2015

Contact Ed Rider, Public Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, (office) 402-471-1695, ed.rider@nebraska.gov

Lincoln Regional Center Named Top Performer on
Key Quality Measures® by Nation’s
Leading Health Care Accreditor

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Lincoln Regional Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. It is the third year in row that the Lincoln Regional Center has earned the award.

The Lincoln Regional Center was the only hospital in Lincoln and the only psychiatric hospital in Nebraska recognized. The award was based earning a cumulative score of 95 percent or higher in 49 key measures, some of which include physical restraint, hours of seclusion, multiple antipsychotic medications at discharge and discharge continuing care plan.

Just eight of the 25 hospitals in Nebraska that submitted data were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Nationally, 1,043 of the more than 3,300 eligible hospitals achieved Top Performer distinction.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Courtney Phillips said she was proud of the work being done at the Lincoln Regional Center.

“This acknowledgement by The Joint Commission recognizes the experience, teamwork and commitment of the entire staff at the Lincoln Regional Center,” Phillips said. “It is a tribute to their dedication to their patients, as well as their ongoing efforts to continually improve their patients’ experiences and outcomes.”

Launched in September 2011, the program is a way to provide to the public the transparency it has demanded for years from the hospital where they receive their care. The program is unique because it is based on objective data reported about evidence-based care processes for specific conditions.

The program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance. It also provides an incentive for all hospitals to improve through attaining high rates of performance on all the accountability measures for which a hospital reports data, which is consistent with the current themes of the pay-for-performance trends being enacted by federal and state governments and many private payers.

“This achievement demonstrates a commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time – because it’s the right thing to do,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and CEO of The Joint Commission.
 
The Lincoln Regional Center is one of three regional centers serving Nebraska and is part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The other regional centers are in Hastings and Norfolk. The Hastings Regional Center serves as a psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves young men with co-occurring and substance use disorders.  Norfolk Regional Center serves individuals under commitment for sex offenses.

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