SVMC Earns Top Performer Status from The Joint Commission

January 07, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—January 7, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) announced today that it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. SVMC is one of only three hospitals in Vermont to achieve the Top Performer distinction.

“The best way to ensure quality and safe patient care is through rigorous adherence to evidence-based care,” said SVMC’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE. “Being named as a Top Performer is another indication that we are listening to what our patients are telling us, and caring for them in the best way possible.”

SVMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety, which was released November 17, 2015. The report acknowledged SVMC for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measures and performance for heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“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 Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit