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5 area hospitals get national recognition

Five hospitals in the region are being recognized as among the best in the nation in specific treatment areas by The Joint Commission, the country’s oldest and largest standards-setting organization.

The independent, nonprofit organization selected 620 – or about 18 percent – of more than 3,400 eligible hospitals for the honors, based on performance data submitted by the hospitals.

The health-care facilities were evaluated according to excellence in treating patients suffering from heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, surgical needs and other conditions.

The Joint Commission’s list, which was released Tuesday, includes a designation of which area or areas a hospital excelled in during 2011.

Northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio’s hospitals named to the 2011 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures are:

  • Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton – Pneumonia, surgical care;
  • Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne – Pneumonia, surgical care;
  • Lutheran Musculoskeletal Center, Fort Wayne – Surgical care;
  • Mercy Hospital of Defiance, Defiance, Ohio – Pneumonia, surgical care; and
  • Orthopedic Hospital at Parkview North, Fort Wayne – Surgical care.
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