Grady General Hospital on Quality Honor Roll
Friday, May 30, 2014
Grady General Hospital in Cairo has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. GGH is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Trustee 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 October 2012 to September 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. 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.
“We are pleased to recognize Grady General’s commitment to patient safety,” said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA. “Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
GGH’s commitment to overall quality of care has earned the hospital numerous recognitions in recent months.
GGH was named to Georgia Trend’s 2013 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. The hospital was also awarded two Quality and Patient Safety Awards from the Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), a division of the GHA, and presented with a GHA Circle of Excellence Award, an honor given to hospitals and health systems that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to quality and patient safety as evidenced by not only winning a patient safety award in 2013, but also by earning three or more PHA Patient Safety Awards within the previous five years.
“Our staff is committed to providing our community with the highest standard of care,” said Ken Rhudy, administrator at GGH. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in making Grady General Hospital a healthcare leader in our region.”