Three North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Ranked Among The Joint Commission’s Top Performers

MANHASSET, NY  – Three North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals have been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations.

Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, NY; Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY and Staten Island University Hospital each earned the prestigious distinction in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” The North Shore-LIJ hospitals were recognized for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the likelihood of healthy outcomes for patients suffering from such conditions as heart failure, pneumonia and stroke.

To qualify as a Top Performer, hospitals must meet the following criteria:

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

For Staten Island University Hospital, being tapped a Top Performer comes from the hospital’s understanding of the value patients place on the quality and safety of the care they receive, said Donna Proske, RN, the hospital’s executive director.  “We made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” she said. “Being named a Top Performer recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital team.”

Phelps President and CEO Daniel Blum agreed, adding that “quality care and patient safety are the number-one priorities” at the Sleepy Hollow hospital center.

“We are thrilled to be a Top Performer,” said Joel Seligman, president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital. “It’s a testament to the effort our entire team puts forth in achieving positive outcomes for patients.”

For more information on the Top Performer program, click here. For more information on services provided by North Shore-LIJ Health System, click here.


About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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