Grady General on Quality Honor Roll

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Grady General on Quality Honor Roll

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grady General Hospital in Cairo has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. GGH is one of 25 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Trustee category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from July 2012 to June 2013.

Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.

For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. A suggested treatment for pneumonia is to administer an antibiotic within four hours of a patient’s arrival. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

GGH’s sustained focus on quality care has earned the hospital multiple recognitions in recent months.

The hospital was recently named to Georgia Trend’s list of 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. And GGH was also awarded two Quality and Patient Safety Awards from the Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), a division of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). GGH was also recently presented with a GHA 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.

“Our staff works hard daily to provide our community the very best quality healthcare close to home,” said Ken Rhudy, GGH administrator. “Our community can be proud of the quality, award-winning services that are available at Grady General Hospital.”