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Published December 16, 2013, 10:11 AM

ND State Hospital recognized for quality

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota State Hospital, which is part of the N.D. Department of Human Services, was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for its exemplary performance in providing evidence-based clinical measures that are shown to improve patient care for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota State Hospital, which is part of the N.D. Department of Human Services, was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for its exemplary performance in providing evidence-based clinical measures that are shown to improve patient care for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services. This recognition was presented by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

“This recognition validates the quality work and commitment of North Dakota State Hospital staff to provide person-centered care based on nationally recognized evidence-based clinical practices,” said Alex Schweitzer, superintendent of the hospital. “We are honored to be recognized for this commitment to high quality care that contributes to better health outcomes for our patients.”

To be considered a Top Performer, a hospital has to achieve a performance rating of 95 percent or more for each accountability measure reported to the commission annually. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice. Psychiatric hospital performance measures include appropriate admission screenings, patient safety practices, creating and implementing patient care plans, and appropriate usage of multiple anti-psychotic medications.

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