Vital Signs. Location: Gastonia, N.C., near Charlotte Type: Nonteaching, nonprofit hospital Beds: 435. Distinction: Top 1 percent of hospitals in composite of 22 process-of-care quality measures among roughly 2,000 hospitals (about half of U.S. acute-care hospitals) eligible for this analysis. Timeframe: Second quarter of 2006 through first quarter of 2007. To be included, hospitals must have submitted data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all 22 measures, with a minimum of 30 cases for at least one measure in each of four clinical areas. See the Appendix for full methodology.
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