Grady General Hospital named to GHA’s Honor Roll

The state hospital association has named Grady General Hospital to an honor roll for using effective methods to treat certain patients. The Georgia Hospital Association’s list is called Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll. Grady General is one of 25 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 from July 2012 to June 2013 provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Hospitals are required to submit care data to the federal service, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing 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 Value-Based Purchasing 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.
Grady General has earned multiple recognitions in recent months including being named to Georgia Trend’s list of Top Hospitals in the state; earning two Quality and Patient Safety Awards from the Partnership for Health and Accountability, a division of the Georgia Hospital Association; and winning a state hospital association Circle of Excellence Award for sustained commitment to quality and patient safety.
“Our staff works hard daily to provide our community the very best quality healthcare close to home,” said Ken Rhudy, Grady General administrator. “Our community can be proud of the quality, award-winning services that are available at Grady General Hospital.”

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