Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Receives Prestigious Clinical Excellence Recognition for Patient Outcomes in Asthma Care

Top Accreditor Recognizes CHLA for Success in Providing Home
Management Plans of Care Given to Asthma Patients

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced today that it has been
recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2015
(based on 2014 data) for its childhood asthma care by the Joint
Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the
United States. CHLA is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than
3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the Top

This distinction was part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s
Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,”
for attaining and
sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for children
treated for asthma. The Joint Commission’s review of pediatric medical
facilities focuses on success in providing families with at-home care
management plans for childhood asthma while review of adult hospitals
includes broader treatment categories such as heart failure, heart
attack, surgical care and pneumonia, among others.

“We are honored to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®
as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our hospital
staff,” says Paul Viviano, president and chief executive officer of
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “CHLA continues to champion and
implement the best possible patient outcomes through evidence-based care
in all service lines. This includes providing clear guidance for
families so that at-home care, where possible, can play a role in
preventing unnecessary hospital care.”

Asthma care is delivered through the multidisciplinary efforts of CHLA’s
divisions of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, led by Joseph Church, MD,
Hospital Medicine, led by Michael Bryant, MD, and Pediatric Pulmonology,
led by Sally Ward, MD. Collectively, the divisions combine innovative,
treatment, research, education and outreach in the care of children with
severe asthma. CHLA physicians work closely with each child’s family to
ensure that asthma home care is provided as part of the discharge

The Joint Commission created the Top
Performer Program
to provide incentives and recognition to
accredited hospitals that demonstrate the ability to achieve and sustain
excellence in accountability measure performance. The Top Performer
recognizes hospitals for improving performance on
evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy
outcomes for patients with certain conditions. To be named a Top
, CHLA had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014
accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all
    reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported
    accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95
    percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance
    rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual
    accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a
cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for their excellent performance on the
use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP,
MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California
and among the top 10 in the nation for clinical excellence with its
selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.
Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the
largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United
States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching
hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of
Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Lorenzo Benet
Media Relations