Cartersville Medical Center October 27, 2017

Pictured, from left: David Winchester, MD, ACC; Jan Hartness; Leah Hite; and Michelle Woods, ACC Surveyor.

Cartersville, GA - The cardiovascular services team at Cartersville Medical Center (CMC) was awarded the "2017 Process Improvement Pioneer Award" by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) earlier this week at the ACC's 20th Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada. Accepting the award on behalf of CMC were Leah Hite, director of cardiovascular services and Jan Hartness, cardiovascular services coordinator.

According to the ACC, this is only the second time in its history that this award has been given, and this year there were over 200 hospital candidates for consideration.

To be considered for the award, the hospital was required to present a process improvement initiative during the application phase of accreditation in June, 2016. During the accreditation survey, Hite, Hartness and Maxwell Prempeh, MD (Harbin Clinic interventional cardiologist and medical director of cardiovascular services at Cartersville Medical Center) presented findings and improvements from the initiative to the ACC surveyor. The presentation and data were then reviewed and graded by service line specialists who are subject matter experts in their respective fields. Cartersville Medical Center's overall (subjective) score (representing the level of difficulty and engagement) combined with a weighted (objective) score placed CMC at the top of the scorecard.

"We are humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious award," said Hite. "It's such an honor to be selected and recognized for our commitment to excellence, but the real winners are our patients who benefit from exceptional cardiac care at CMC."

Hite and Hartness were invited by the ACC not only to receive the award, but also to speak at a special session of the 20th Congress about their data improvement journey. The process improvement story will also be published by the ACC in an upcoming newsletter, the organization's website and social media.