|Hamilton Medical Center nurses are pictured. In the front, from left, are Christy Holmes, Amber McMahan, Jordan Douthitt, Rachel Manis and April Powers. In the back are Tabatha Parrish, Ashley Gilley, Shayna McDougle, Ashley Cloer and Freda Hoffman.|
DALTON, Ga.– 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.
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. 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 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 Hamilton Medical Center’s commitment to patient safety,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
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. PHA includes representation from groups like hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.