The Veterans Health Administration has an important goal: Defining Excellence in the 21st Century. This can be challenging in a department that has existed for over 100 years, but through collaboration, research and advances in technology, the goal is attainable.
Yesterday The Joint Commission, an organization responsible for the accreditation and certifying of health care systems within the United States, released their first ever Top Performers list. The program recognizes accredited hospitals that are able to reach and maintain positive patient outcomes.
While all 152 of VA’s medical centers are accredited by The Joint Commission, 20 of them in 15 different states have been recognized as Top Performers.
New ways to deliver the best health care and services to Veterans will always be developed, and there will continue to be ways to improve how VA operates. As Under Secretary for Health Dr. Petzel points out, his team will continue to work to meet their goals:
“VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electronic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade. I am proud of the staff and I fully expect to see more VA medical centers making this list next year.”
View photos of the top performing VA Medical Centers.