By Sarah Willets
November 18, 2013
LAURINBURG — Scotland Memorial Hospital is one of 32 North Carolina facilities named a “top performer” by a national health-care accreditation organization.
The Joint Commission, which certifies health-care organizations and programs nationwide, awarded the distinction to 1,099 out of 3,300 accredited hospitals for their performance in 2012.
Participating hospitals were required to report on four areas of service and provide those findings for review. Scotland Memorial Hospital reported on heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
In order to be given the distinction, hospitals had to meet detailed guidelines set by the Joint Commission for each of the reported areas of service at least 95 percent of the time, according to the Joint Commission’s 2013 report. For example, at least 95 percent of heart attack patients received aspirin upon arrival at the hospital, along with other required heart attack care measures.
According to the commission’s report, scores in general have gone up over time, and in turn, so has the number of “top performers.”
“This is further validation that quality, evidence based medical care can be delivered effectively in the rural community setting,” Dr. Cheryl Davis, chief medical officer at Scotland Memorial Hospital, said in a statement.
Scotland Health Care System, which encompasses Scotland Memorial Hospital, performs more than 4,400 surgeries annually and treats about 60 inpatients each day, according to its website.