Adventist HealthCare’s acute-care hospitals – Washington Adventist in Takoma Park, Md., Shady Grove Adventist in Rockville, Md., and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown, N.J., – have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for 2012. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health-care organizations in the country.

To achieve designation as a top performer, hospitals had to meet at least 95 percent compliance with certain measures. Each measure represents a practice that is used to improve outcomes in patients. This includes giving aspirin to a heart attack patient when they arrive at the hospital and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center are among 16 in Maryland to earn this national distinction for 2012 performance. They are also two of nine hospitals in the state that demonstrated excellence in processes to improve care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgery.

Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is among 26 in New Jersey to be named a Top Performer for 2012. The hospital was recognized in the areas of heart attack, pneumonia and surgery.

“These designations reflect the dedication and collaboration among the expert teams of physicians, nurses and staff across our organization,” said Susan L. Glover, senior vice president & chief quality/integrity officer for Adventist HealthCare. “High-quality care will continue to be our focus each day for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

Earlier this year, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centerand Washington Adventist Hospitals were designated as top hospitals in the region in U.S. News & World Report.