BCH Places on Quality Honor Roll

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Brooks County Hospital Places on Quality Honor Roll

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Brooks County Hospital in Quitman has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll, placing in the Chairman’s category—the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from July 2010 to June 2011.

Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of recommended clinical practice. 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.

The composite clinical process score 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.

“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives a consistent high quality of care and this recognition validates that,” said Ken Rhudy, administrator of Brooks County Hospital. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our team who is constantly working to make excellent care even better.”