Grady General Awarded Statewide Quality and Patient Safety Awards

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Grady General Awarded Statewide Quality and Patient Safety Awards

Thrusday, February 13, 2014

Grady General Hospital was recently awarded two Quality and Patient Safety Awards from the Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), a division of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA).

GGH won first place in the Hospitals with Less Than 100 Beds Category for their project titled, “CAUTI: Striving for Zero,” a successful hospital-wide initiative to eliminate the occurrence of CAUTIs (catheter associated urinary tract infections).

“Our team of nurses, physicians and staff collaborated and identified opportunities for staff education and new process that helped us achieve our goal of eliminating CAUTIs,” said Crystal Ramm, director of nursing at GGH. “We pride ourselves in providing our patients high-quality care, and we always focus on new ways we can make our hospital a better place.”

GGH also won third place in the Hospitals with Less Than 100 Beds Category for its project, “We Are the Voice of the Unborn Baby: Our Journey to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries.”

“According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), infants born preterm (before 39 weeks gestation) are more likely to have neurodevelopmental problems and infant death than those born at full term,” said Ramm. “In addition, studies have shown that the final weeks are vital to the development of the brain, liver and lungs. We were determined to reduce potential undue harm to infants, so our staff set a goal to reduce EEDs to less than five percent.”

By educating physicians and nurses about the importance of reducing EEDs, Grady exceeded its goal and reached a rate of zero EEDs, a benchmark the hospital has maintained for three quarters.

“We are pleased to honor the work of Grady General Hospital in reducing infection and preventing medically unnecessary early elective deliveries,” said Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) President Earl V. Rogers. “We applaud GGH’s commitment to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients.”

GGH was also recently presented with a Circle of Excellence Award, an honor given to hospitals and health systems that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to quality and patient safety as evidenced by not only winning a patient safety award in 2013, but also by earning three or more PHA Patient Safety Awards within the previous five years. These annual awards recognize Georgia healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

In addition to the GHA awards, Grady General was also named to Georgia Trend’s list of 2013 Top Hospitals in the state, a ranking based on publicly available information on quality of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics and data on hospital-acquired infections and conditions. 

“We understand our patients put a lot of trust in us as their healthcare providers, and that’s why providing a safe place to heal is our top priority,” said Ramm. “We’re thrilled to be recognized for the high quality care we provide. And it’s especially meaningful for our community to know they’ll receive award-winning quality care at Grady General Hospital.”