|A team of associates from Hamilton Medical Center, Royal Oaks and Hamilton’s long-term care facilities has been working on ways to improve safety through communication. Some of the initiatives they have been working on include decreasing non-essential documentation, providing long-term care facilities with the same health care information system, standardizing communication, and revising discharge instructions. Pictured are some team members. From left are Becky Jackson, Donna Broughton, Angela Farris, Peyton McDaniel, Susan Westmoreland, Brook Smith and Terri Holden. Not pictured are Maxie Burger, Tammy Caldwell, Juanita Champion and Summer Fouts.|
DALTON, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care for the third quarter of 2013. HMC is one of 29 hospitals in Georgia to place in the Elite Circle, the highest on the list.
HMC is a participant in the GHA HEN, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients. GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), is one of 26 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals. The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. According to data provided by GHA, Georgia hospitals have prevented almost 9,300 incidents of harm, resulting in savings ranging from $59 million to $63 million.
To achieve these goals, there are major directives from CMS regarding improved care in 10 focus areas: Four are related to hospital-acquired infections (HAI); four are related to HACs; one is related to obstetrics (OB) and trying to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks; and one is related to transition of care and reduction of readmissions. As part of their participation in the GHA HEN, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012. Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals’ improvement in their respective selected areas.
“Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Hamilton Medical Center, we have made great progress in achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative,” said Earl Rogers, president of GHA. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of Hamilton staff and applaud their efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions.”
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.