Archbold Memorial Hospital Places on Quality Honor Roll
Friday, August 19, 2011
Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. Archbold is one of 61 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of 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 January 2010 to December 2010.
“This is a great accomplishment for Archbold,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Archbold 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. “It is our mission to provide the citizens of South Georgia and North Florida with high quality, patientfocused healthcare,” said Perry Mustian, president and chief executive officer of Archbold Medical Center.
“Our Appropriate Care Measures performance demonstrates that our hospital is consistent in providing the type of care and treatments that have been proven to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our dedicated employees and medical staff work hard to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time, and this award is reflective of that dedication.”
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.