At their annual Meeting November 18, Milford Hospital President and CEO Joseph Pelaccia announced that the hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Milford Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Milford Hospital is one of only six hospitals in Connecticut and 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction, hospital officials said.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95% or above across all reported accountability measures;

• Achieving performance of 95% or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95% or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95% or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care,” said Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “I commend the efforts of Milford Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

Pelaccia said Milford Hospital makes positive patient outcomes a top priority.

“Milford Hospital is extremely proud to be named a Top Performer,” he said. “This designation recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

Milford Hospital is a non-profit community hospital serving more than 80,000 patients from Greater New Haven and Fairfield County annually.