Brooks County Hospital Places on GHA Quality Honor Roll
Sunday, August 30, 2012
Brooks County Hospital (BCH) has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. BCH is one of 18 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 2011 to December 2011.
“This is a great accomplishment for Brooks County Hospital,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the BCH staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
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. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. 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.
“Our staff is constantly working hard to ensure each of our patients receives the right care at the right time,” said Ken Rhudy, BCH administrator. “This recognition is a testament to their hard work and their dedication to our patients and community.”