Mitchell County Hospital Awarded VHA Quality Award
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Mitchell County Hospital was recently awarded a Leadership Award by VHA, a membership alliance of not-for-profit healthcare providers, at the 2013 Georgia VHA Leadership Expo in Atlanta. The hospital was recognized for their hospital-wide initiative to identify hurdles impeding the hospital’s Core Measure success and their successful journey to achieve a goal of 90% compliance on all Core Measure standards.
After an extensive peer review process, winners were selected based on documentation of their performance and evidence that implementation of their projects submitted for review produced successful outcomes for patients.
MCH placed third among hospitals with less than 49-beds in Georgia for their submission "Our Journey to Core Measures Success."
To accomplish the established goal, MCH formed a team of nurses, physicians, a case manager and frontline staff who carefully reviewed the hospital’s quality data and procedures before deciding to implement new protocols.
“Within months of implementing a new process for reviewing patient charts and amending the discharge process for all patients to include patient education on heart failure and pneumonia, our hospital exceeded the goal of 90% compliance on Core Measures standards,” said Carla Beasley, director of nursing at Mitchell County Hospital. “We reached our goal of 90% compliance in the first quarter, and just months after implementation we reached 100% compliance, and we’re proud to report we’ve actually remained at 100% compliance for three years now."
“The MCH staff and our physicians are dedicated to providing patients the best quality care,” said Beasley. “This award is a testament to that sustained focus."