Southeast Georgia Health System Places on Quality Honor Roll

ATLANTA, June 25, 2010 – Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick Campus has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. The Brunswick Campus is one of 13 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Honor Roll 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 2009 to December 2009.

“This is a great accomplishment for Southeast Georgia Health System,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Health System’s Brunswick Campus staff 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. “It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receive the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our team members who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”