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By Michelle Durham

LANGHORNE, Pa. (CBS) – St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne has been recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, making the suburban hospital among the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals who reported core measure performance data for 2011.

What does this mean to patients and staff?

Chief medical officer Dr. Joseph Conroy explains they are measured on several factors including treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia and, on the surgical side, that patients receive timely antibiotics and meds to reduce the chance of clots, “so when the patients come into to St. Mary’s they can be assured they will receive the best care possible.”

And the reaction of the staff?

“When they heard this they were delighted because it’s that recognition at a national level that all of your hard work can be seen across the country,” Dr. Conroy says.

He goes on to say a lot about the spirit of teamwork that exists at St. Mary.

“Everybody delivers care in a hospital. From the environmental care colleagues all the way up to the physicians. If one of those elements isn’t working as a team then the care isn’t good,” says Dr. Conroy.

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