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DURHAM, N.C. – All three hospitals in the Duke University Health System were recognized as top performers in the 2013 assessment by the Joint Commission, which accredits health organizations in the United States.

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals were among 1,099 facilities that attained excellence by the Joint Commission, representing the top 33 percent of accredited hospitals that report accountability measures nation-wide. Assessments were based on 2012 performance data.

The three DUHS hospitals achieved the designation for following processes that have been proven to improve the outcomes of patients seeking care for various conditions, including heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, surgeries, stroke and others. 

Hospitals are required to select and report on four measure sets, and each of the recognized hospitals had to achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above for all reported accountability measures.

The four accountability measures specifically highlighted for excellence at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

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