Awards and Recognition

    Joint Commission Gold Seal 

    Hamilton Medical Center is surveyed every three years.  The Joint Commission sends a team of surveyors, unannounced, to a facility to follow patients from admission to discharge.  Each surveyor on The Joint Commission team specializes in one area and focuses on the patient experience in that given area.  The goal of The Joint Commission and its accreditation process is to give assurance to patients, customers, families, and employers by evaluating the quality, safety, and effectiveness of the standards implemented at individual hospitals and offices.  The team evaluates every aspect of care at the facility to ensure it is in compliance with their standards.

    Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

    Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Moves, its total and total knee replacement program, by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes HMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

    Hamilton Long Term Care nursing centers, Quinton Memorial, Regency Park, Ridgewood Manor, and Wood Dale continue to provide important health and rehabilitation services with the admission of nearly 600 patients and numerous facility enhancements during 2009.  The four centers are fully accredited by The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and are surveyed annually by the State of Georgia with excellent survey results. 

     

    Breast Imaging Center of Excellence 

     Breast Center of ExcellenceHamilton Diagnostics Center (HDC), has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).   Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

     

     

    CT Accreditation - American College of Radiology

    Seal-Computed Tomogralphy (CT) - American College of Radiology Hamilton Medical Center and Hamilton Diagnostics Center have been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT).  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. 

      

    MRI Accreditation - American College of Radiology 

    Hamilton Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. The accreditation applies to Hamilton Diagnostics Center as well.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

    Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI

    Chest Pain Center Accredited logoHamilton's Chest Pain Center received full accreditation once again with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee in December 2015.  An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

     

     

     

     

     

    Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

    Hamilton's Chest Pain Center received full accreditation once again with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee in January 2012.  PCI is the use of a balloon catheter to widen blocked arteries and/or the placement of a stent to hold these arteries open.  The ability to provide this type of treatment right here in Dalton was started in 2006.

     

     

     

     

     Georgia Trend Magazine - Names HMC as #1 Hospital in Georgia

    The data used to compile the rankings came from publicly available information on of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics and hospital-acquired infections and conditions. The information comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals - Hamilton 'Large Community Hospital'

    Truven Health Analytics named its top 100 hospitals for 2015, based on traditional performance measures such as 30-day readmission and mortality rates as well as a new metric on Medicare spending per beneficiary.  In addition, HMC is one of only 17 hospitals (in approx. 3,000 evaluated) to receive the Everest distinction (hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years.

    The key measurements used to determine status as a Top 100 Hospital include:

    • Cost of care in the hospital and the community as a whole

    • Readmission rate improvements

    • conditions

    • Care coordination

    • Complication rate

    • Mortality 

    Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award

    HMC received this award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

     

    Excellence Award for Supply Chain Management VHA, Inc.

    To determine the winners of their Excellence Award, VHA evaluated the Physician Preference Item Price Index of its member hospitals using their VHA PriceLYNX analytic solution. Hospitals use the analytical tool to gain insight into where they can achieve greater savings for these specialty items. Of the VHA member hospitals reviewed for the award, HMC was one of only four hospitals recognized for their improvement in 2014.

    Guardian of Excellence Award (previously - Summit Award)

    Guardian of Excellence AwardHamilton Ambulatory Surgery Center (HASC) received the prestigious Guardian of Excellence Award (formerly: Summit Award) from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. for the eighth (2013) year in a row for patient satisfaction.  The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry's most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually. Fewer than 5 percent of all Press Ganey clients reach this threshold and consistently maintain it for the one-year reporting period. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience.

     

     

    Summit AwardHamilton's Westcott Behavioral Health received the Press Ganey Summit Award in 2008. The award recognizes facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. 

     

     

     

     

    Top PerformerHMC earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' recognition from The Joint Commission 

    Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

    HMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. HMC is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

    American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers - 2015

    HMC has met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department.

    The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers - 2014

    Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) recently received The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers. This distinction recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care (2014).

    Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award - 2015

    Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.  HMC earned the award in 2015.

    Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award - 2014

    Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.  HMC earned the award (2014) by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reducing therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

    Target: Stroke Honor Roll - 2015

    Hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms. HMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

     

    American Stroke Association - Gold Award -2010

     

     

    Hamilton's Stroke Program was awarded the 2010 “Stroke: Get with the Guidelines” Gold Performance Achievement Award for providing care that’s consistent with the most up-to-date scientific guidelines. The recognition is the result of working with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association on the program.

     

    American Stroke Association - Silver Award

    Hamilton's Stroke Program was awarded the 2009 Silver Award in Stroke Care from the American Stroke Association.  The Stroke Program was the first in North Georgia to be and is one of just 17 accredited programs statewide.   HMC’s Stroke Program focuses on rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients in order to prevent as much damage to brain tissue as possible. As part of this effort, HMC is also dedicated to educating the public about the major warning signs of stroke, so they will seek medical help as soon as possible after symptoms are detected.  

    GHA Quality Honor Roll Award

    Hamilton Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. HMC 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.

    Hamilton Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Hamilton 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 October 2011 to September 2012.

    Hamilton Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Hamilton 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. 

    Hamilton Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. Hamilton is one of 19 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 July 2010 to June 2011.

    Hamilton Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. Hamilton is one of 62 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 October 2009 to September 2010.

    American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

    Named Hamilton Medical Center as one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive this award (2014).

    The award recognizes HMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that HMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

    Becker's Hospital Review

    Named Hamilton Medical Center to 100 Great Community Hospitals list (2012), which recognizes high-performing hospitals that have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs.

    To compile this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team analyzed information, recognition and rankings from a variety of industry sources, including iVantage Health Analytics, Thomas Reuters, Health-Grades and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    Best Regional Hospital

    Hamilton Medical Center is among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals.

    U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011-12 year, its editors have recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including Hamilton Medical Center, as Best Regional Hospitals. The list of those hospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/bestregionalhospitals.