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Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero earned recognition for excellent surgical care and treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, care provided to mothers and their babies during the period around childbirth, and a disease that causes deep vein thrombosis as well as pulmonary embolism, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

The hospital’s performance in those areas during 2014 was recognized through the “Top Performer” program administered by The Joint Commission, an accreditor of U.S. health care organizations.

“Our team of dedicated physicians, nurses and staff are always striving to provide the best quality care possible for our patients,” West Jefferson CEO Nancy Cassagne said. “This recognition ... is testimony to our hospital family’s hard work and positive, excellent patient care and service.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, the hospital said. Dr. Mark Chassin, the president and CEO of The Joint Commission, said in a statement that West Jefferson was recognized for consistently delivering treatment in the right way and at the right time.

West Jefferson is among 1,043 hospitals out of 3,300 eligible to be recognized by the Top Performer program, the hospital said.

West Jefferson is owned by Jefferson Parish, which recently finalized an agreement to lease the facility to private operator LCMC Health in exchange for almost $600 million in rental fees, capital improvements and other payments that depend on factors such as financial performance.

The parish leased the hospital out after hurting financially for years while competing against institutions that were part of multi-facility networks.

LCMC is a locally-based, not-for-profit group that also operates Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, University Medical and New Orleans East Hospital.