AMH places on Quality Honor Roll Again

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Archbold Memorial Hospital on Quality Honor Roll

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Archbold 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.

Archbold’s sustained focus in overall quality of care has earned the health system multiple recognitions in recent months.

Archbold Memorial Hospital was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance using evidence-based processes shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.  And all four Archbold hospitals—Archbold Memorial Hospital, Brooks County Hospital Grady General Hospital and Mitchell County Hospital—were named to Georgia Trend’s 2013 Top Hospital list, a statewide ranking based on publicly available information on quality of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics and data on hospital-acquired infections and conditions.

But the quality of care extends outside the walls of Archbold hospitals and facilities, too, and directly into the homes of patients served by Archbold Health Services, the health system’s homecare division. Archbold’s VNA of Southwest Georgia was recently named to Homecare Elite’s list of Top 100 home health agencies, a prestigious compilation  of top-performing home health agencies in the country.

“Archbold’s focus on providing high quality healthcare is consistent throughout the region,” said Perry Mustian, Archbold president and CEO. “The quality awards we’ve received are a true reflection of the dedication of our physicians and staff who work hard every day to ensure our patients receive the high quality care they need and the compassion they deserve.”