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Mar. 9,  2011

Emory Hospitals Named to Georgia Hospital Association Presidential Honor Roll

ATLANTA – Two Emory Healthcare hospitals have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll for 2011.

Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown were selected for the Presidential category. 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.

“The promise we make every day is to provide the highest quality clinical care, delivered safely with outstanding service. And every single physician and employee within Emory Healthcare stands committed to that goal as our guide,” says Emory Healthcare President and CEO John T. Fox. “This recognition by the Georgia Hospital Association certainly validates our efforts, but also challenges each of us to set the bar higher, as a leader in safety, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.”   

“This is a great accomplishment for both Emory University Hospital and Emory Midtown,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores Emory Healthcare’s commitment 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.

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.

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