Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus Places on Quality Honor Roll

May 13, 2013–  The Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. The Brunswick Campusis 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.
 
“This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our team members and physicians who are constantly working towards ensuring our patients receive the highest standards of patient care,” said Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “This honor validates their dedication and sends a strong message to the communities we serve that Southeast Georgia Health System is truly committed to delivering exceptional health care.”
 
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 Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus for their commitmentto 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.”