BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 12, 2011 – The Southeast Georgia Health
System Brunswick Campus in Brunswick 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 nine 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 2010
to December 2010.
“This is a great accomplishment for the Brunswick Campus,”
said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further
underscores the commitment of the 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 six hours of a patient’s arrival. A hospital’s
adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
“Our dedicated team members and physicians work together to ensure
that each of our patients receive evidence-based care,” said Gary
R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO of the Health System. “Being
named to the GHA Honor Roll validates all of their hard work as we continue
to work to expand our quality services and make our great care even better.”