Sparrow’s vision is to become a national leader in quality and patient experience, and we take that vision seriously.

Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, requires accredited hospitals to collect and submit performance data on four of the following measure sets:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Heart Failure
  • Pregnancy and Related Conditions
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care Improvement (SCIP)
  • Hospital Outpatient Department Quality Measures (HOP-QDRP)

This requirement was established to improve the safety and quality of care and to support performance improvement in hospitals. The Core Measure initiative allows the Joint Commission to review data trends and to work with hospitals as they use the information to improve patient care.

Learn more about the Joint Commission’s Core Measures.

Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare is a product of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance. In general, at Hospital Compare you have access to information in three basic categories:

  • Process of care measures tell you how often a hospital adheres to certain care processes. (For example, how often we provide smoking cessation counseling to patients with specific medical conditions.)
  • Patient satisfaction measures allow you to see how inpatients rate their satisfaction with care at hospitals.
  • Outcome measures relate to mortality rates and readmission rates. (Note however, that these measures are based on complex statistical analysis of billing data, not clinical analysis.)

Learn more about Hospital Compare.