January 03, 2012
Cartersville, GA; December 22, 2011 – Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Cartersville Medical Center is one of 15 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, 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 July 2010 to June 2011.
“This is a great accomplishment for Cartersville Medical Center,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Cartersville Medical Center staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
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.
“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said Keith Sandlin, chief executive officer of Cartersville Medical Center. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”
About Cartersville Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center is a facility of Redmond Regional Health System which is comprised of three hospitals in Northwest Georgia including Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome and Polk Medical Center in Cedartown. Cartersville Medical Center is a 112-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission and recently named an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Acworth Medical Plaza – including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center – and The Hope Center are facilities of Cartersville Medical Center.
For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit www.cartersvillemedical.com.
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.