Brooks County Hospital Places on Quality Honor Roll
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Brooks County Hospital in Quitman has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. Brooks County Hospital is one of nine hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Honor Roll category. 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 January 2010 to December 2010.
“This is a great accomplishment for Brooks County Hospital,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Brooks County Hospital staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
All acute care hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS. This data details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of eight Appropriate Care Measures (ACM), which are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. The ACM is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time.
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. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
“This honor illustrates our commitment to delivering outstanding care to our community,” said Ken Rhudy, administrator for Brooks County Hospital. “It’s a team effort. Our medical staff, hospital staff and health system support staff all contribute to achieving these high standards.”
The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January 2000 and sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association, is a unique statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy communities. PHA includes representation from groups like hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.