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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - Joint Commission Awards Roane Medical Center a Top Performer in the Nation

Roane Medical Center staff
proudly display their Joint
Commission Award. 

L to R: Dr. Matthew Bridges,
Chief of Surgery; Dr. Robert
Wilson, Chief of Medicine;
Jim Gann, President & CAO

Roane Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, designating the medical center as the only Knoxville-area hospital to receive recognition.

More than 3,000 hospitals submitted accountability measure data to the Joint Commission. Roane Medical Center is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical care hospitals to earn the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence of accountability measure performance.

“Receiving this quality recognition is a well-deserved tribute to contributions made by both staff and physicians at Roane Medical Center,” said Anthony Spezia, chief executive officer of parent company, Covenant Health. “The Joint Commission along with other regulatory agencies is encouraging transparency of healthcare processes to patients. This award reflects Covenant Health and Roane Medical Center’s commitment to excellent patient care.”

The Joint Commission recognized Roane Medical Center for achieving excellence in performance for surgical and pneumonia care during 2010. The quality award was focused on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes, or accountability measures, which are shown to improve care for certain health conditions.

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. Roane Medical Center achieved a composite performance of 95 percent or more on a single, composite score that included all the accountability measures for which the hospital reports data to the Joint Commission, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, Roane Medical Center also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which the hospital reports data to the Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized as a top performer in the nation by Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations,” said Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center. “To be the only Knoxville-area medical center to be recognized is a huge distinction. This award reflects Roane Medical Center’s commitment to implement excellent quality measures and evidence-based care processes.”

More information about Roane Medical Center’s award can be found on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at

Roane Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health, offers personalized patient care through its quality medical and surgical care, emergency services, prevention programs, rehabilitation support and health education. The hospital staff has extensive expertise in specialized services that include diagnostic imaging, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and many others. Roane Medical Center also offers services through its subsidiaries, RMC Patricia Neal Outpatient Center, Roane Medical Sleep Center, and Roane Medical Women’s Center.

Roane Medical Center, located in Harriman, Tenn. and founded in 1939, offers the right blends of technical expertise, medical professionalism and hometown values.