St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, an accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

“We understand that quality and safety of care is what matters most to our patients. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” St. Elizabeth CEO Robert Burgess said.

The hospital was recognized as part of the commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and venous thromboembolism, a news release said.

St. Elizabeth Hospital is one of 1,043 United States hospitals to achieve the distinction.

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, the release said.

Top Performer performance criteria, based on 2014 accountability measure data, includes:

Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures

Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases

Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieving a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures