DALTON, Ga.- CareChex, a division of Comparion, has ranked Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) number one in the South Market (including Northwest Georgia and the Chattanooga region) in seven categories.
The number one categories include:
• Overall Hospital Care
• Overall Surgical Care
• Cardiac Care
• Heart Attack Treatment
• Interventional Coronary Care
• Joint Replacement
• Vascular Surgery
CareChex is an independent company that recognizes the nation’s top performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes and patient satisfaction. The South Market, as defined by CareChex, includes much of North Georgia, as well as the Chattanooga and Cleveland areas. CareChex provides these findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care, including many Fortune 500 companies.
Utilizing extensive clinical data from the Hospital Quality Alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CareChex provides a comprehensive evaluation of all components of medical quality including:
• Process of care: measure specific processes that should be followed
during heart attack and heart failure, pneumonia, outpatient procedures,
surgical care and preventive care, among others.
• Outcomes of care: measures mortality and complication rates, inpatient quality indicators and patient safety indicators
• Patient satisfaction: measures overall hospital ratings, doctor and nurse communication, hospital environment and staff responsiveness, among others.
“CareChex allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care,” said Dr. Thane Forthman, president and CEO of CareChex. “We are pleased to acknowledge that Hamilton Medical Center has achieved an exceptionally high level of performance for medical excellence in multiple categories of care. Hamilton’s performance is a benchmark other hospitals should seek to emulate.”