The Bottom Line
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hospital deemed 'Top Performer'

Lower Keys Medical Center and its corporate operator Key West HMA, LLC, has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, states a hospital press release.

The Stock Island hospital was one of only 1,099 hospitals nationwide that received accolades as "Top Performers" from The Joint Commission's annual quality report, the release states.

Lower Keys Medical Center was recognized for its achievement in the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Lower Keys Medical Center is safe, effective care. That's why Lower Keys Medical Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Lower Keys Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures," said Lower Keys Medical Center CEO Nicki Will.

In addition to being included in the recent release of The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, Lower Keys Medical Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website at

Housing Authority honors 3 workers

The Key West Housing Authority last week recognized three of its workers for their outstanding service and employment anniversaries.

Mechanic Timothy Stroud was named employee of the 4th quarter. He was honored for his cooperative efforts among his colleagues, his ability to handle projects with minimal supervision and his exceptional skills as a mechanic, which "he is willing to teach to others as a means of motivation," states a press release from the agency, which went on to say," Stroud is considered one of the top producers in the completion of work orders."

LeeAnn Broadbent was honored for her 15th employment anniversary with the Housing Authority and Community Development Office. She is skilled and versatile in the areas of finance and grant monitoring, the release states. In 2005 she was chosen as employee of the 2nd quarter.

Information Systems Coordinator Robert Kraus also marked his 15th anniversary with the agency. He is responsible for the housing authority's computer system throughout the Keys. In 2006 he was selected as an employee of the quarter.