Archbold Ranked a Top Georgia Hospital for GI Treatment

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Archbold Ranked a Top Georgia Hospital for GI Treatment

Monday, December 19, 2011

Georgia Trend Magazine has ranked Archbold Memorial Hospital as a Top 10 Georgia Hospital for gastrointestinal medical treatment in the 2012 Top Georgia Hospitals report published in the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

The rankings were compiled by HealthGrades, Inc., a leading healthcare ratings organization. 

HealthGrades’ ratings reflected the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data received by the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study.

“Archbold places a high priority on quality patient care,” said Perry Mustian, Archbold CEO. “A key part of providing quality healthcare is patient safety.”

Archbold received a five-star rating for treatment outcomes related to gastrointestinal bleeding—bleeding that occurs along the gastrointestinal tract.

Archbold has three board certified gastroenterologists on staff—Samer Charbel, MD, Louis G. Lee, MD, and Turner Stauffer, MD.

“Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom of a disease rather than a disease itself,” said gastroenterologist Turner Stauffer, MD. “Locating the source of the bleed is important because in most cases the bleeding is related to conditions that can be cured or controlled.”

According to Stauffer, a patient’s degree of bleeding can range from nearly undetectable to acute, massive or life-threatening, and medical treatment for a GI bleed is determined based on the severity of the patient’s symptoms.

“The initial emphasis of medical treatment is on restoring the patient’s condition by infusion of IV fluids and blood transfusion and often with medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s),” said Stauffer. “Procedures called upper endoscopy or colonoscopy are generally considered appropriate to identify the source of bleeding and carry out therapeutic interventions. In extreme cases surgical intervention may be required.”

The Georgia Trend ranking marks the conclusion of an exceptional year for Archbold.

According to the most recent data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Archbold Memorial Hospital outperformed the national averages in all quality indicators (called core measures) for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and for overall recommendation of care. In addition Archbold scored higher than the average of all other acute care hospitals with over 150 beds in Southwest Georgia in all of the quality indicators.

Quality results such as these have helped Archbold consistently earn the Georgia Hospital Association’s “Quality Honor Roll” status.

“This year has been a phenomenal year for Archbold,” said Mustian. “From our new robotic surgery program to groundbreaking surgical procedures performed by our innovative physicians, Archbold remains committed to providing our region with high quality, patient-focused healthcare. Our recognition as a Top Georgia Hospital demonstrates that sustained focus.”