GHA Recognizes Stephens Co. Hospital

The Georgia Hospital Association is recognizing Stephens County Hospital for improvements in patient care.

Recently, the GHA named Stephens County Hospital to the GHA’s Hospital Engagement Network Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care, for the second quarter of 2013.

According to the GHA, Stephens County Hospital is one of 31 hospitals in Georgia to place in the Elite Circle, which is the highest on the list.

Stephens County Hospital is a participant in the GHA Hospital Engagement Network, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s Partnership for Patients.

The GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability, is one of 26 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals.

The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013.

To achieve these goals, there are major directives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service regarding improved care in 10 focus areas related to hospital-acquired infections and conditions, obstetrics, and transition of care.

As part of their participation in the GHA Hospital Engagement Network, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012.

Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals’ improvement in their respective selected areas.

Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that the hospital is very honored and delighted to be recognized in the highest category of the Safety Leaders Circle.

Meanwhile, GHA President Earl Rogers said the organization is proud to recognize the hard work of Stephens County Hospital’s staff and applauds their efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions.