Belton Regional Medical Center
September 14, 2011

Today, Research Belton Hospital was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

The Joint Commission publicly released its list of top performing hospitals during a national telephone news conference today. This is the first time The Joint Commission has publicly released the nation’s top performing hospital names.

In total, four HCA Midwest Health System hospitals - Research Belton Hospital, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center are being recognized by The Joint Commission. This national recognition is based on data reported on 22 evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“Research Belton Hospital’s physicians and staff strive to care for every patient using the best evidence-based medicine. Excellent health care is what all patients expect and deserve,” said Todd Krass, CEO of Research Belton Hospital. “We are honored to earn this recognition.” Using these evidence-based measures has saved lives and resulted in better care and quality of life for hundreds of patients. Better performance also helps Research Belton Hospital meet the pay-for-performance requirements of federal and state governments and private payers.

Research Belton Hospital is one of 405 hospitals in the nation earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellent performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.