Mitchell County Hospital on Quality Honor Roll

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Mitchell County Hospital on Quality Honor Roll

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. MCH is one of 24 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, 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. 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.

This marks the fourth award specifically related to quality care that MCH has received in recent months. The hospital was also 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. In addition, the hospital was recently the only hospital in South Georgia named to the National Rural Health Association’s (NHRA) list of Top Critical Access Hospitals in the country, an achievement based on the hospital’s quality percentile rank on Hospital Compare process of care measures.

“Mitchell County Hospital is dedicated to providing our patients high quality healthcare close to home,” said Jamie Womack, assistant administrator at MCH. “The awards we have won are a direct result of the focus our physicians and staff place on providing our patients high quality care. We’re proud to be recognized as a leader in our region for the quality care we provide our patients.”