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LAURINBURG — Scotland Memorial Hospital has been named a “top performer” by the 3300 Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that rates health care providers, for treatment of heart attacks, heart failures and pneumonia and surgical care.


The hospital was among 33 percent of hospitals accredited by the commission, and 32 of 102 total hospitals in North Carolina, to receive the designation.


“… We could not have accomplished this without the combined effort of our outstanding medical staff and highly engaged associates of Scotland Health Care System,” said Dr. Cheryl Davis, Internist and Chief Medical Officer. “This is further validation that quality, evidence based medical care can be delivered effectively in the rural community setting.”


The designation, published in the Joint Commission’s 2013 Improving America’s Hospitals report, was given to hospitals with a score of 95 percent or higher in performance areas for which the hospital chose to report data.


The Joint Commission has seen hospital performance on accountability measures improve significantly over time, according to a statement.


“Patients are getting better care thanks to the shared commitment by hospitals to using data and proven quality improvement methods to always do the right thing and improve safety and quality,” the report stated.

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