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Bay Area hospitals lauded as top performers nationally
The Mercury News

Several Bay Area hospitals were named top performers Wednesday by the nation’s leading accrediting agency. The Joint Commission analyzed whether 3,300 institutions nationwide met specific quality measures at least 95 percent of the time in 2011. The practices have been shown to improve outcomes for patients, including giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, giving aspirin to heart attack patients when they arrive and doing blood tests in the emergency room for patients thought to have pneumonia.

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