The Medical Center and Doctors Hospital in Columbus have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. The Medical Center and Doctors Hospital are two of 61 Georgia hospitals 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 to December 2010.
“This is a great accomplishment for both The Medical Center and Doctors Hospital,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the staff at both hospitals to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
All acute care hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS. This data details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of eight Appropriate Care Measures (ACM), which are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. The ACM is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time.
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. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
About Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Columbus RegionalHealthcare System is a not-for-profit organization providing health, medical and educational services to west Georgia and east Alabama. Columbus Regional consists of two acute care hospitals – The Medical Center, Doctors Hospital – and an orthopedic hospital, Hughston Hospital, in Columbus. The system also includes the John B. Amos Cancer Center and multiple facilities offering specialized care.
Columbus Regional has the region’s only advanced maternity services and neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated pediatric service and pediatric critical care unit, a dedicated trauma center and highly regarded emergency services for children and adults. In addition, a new comprehensive women and children’s center is being developed to serve our diverse and growing region.
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.