Stephens Co. Hospital Receives GHA Recognition

Stephens County Hospital receives recognition for improvement in patient care in 2012.

The Georgia Hospital Association named Stephens County Hospital to its Hospital Engagement Network Safety Leaders Circle.

Stephens County Hospital is one of 12 hospitals to place in the Presidential Circle, positioning it in the top third of all 116 Georgia hospitals participating in the GHA’s Hospital Engagement Network.

The circle recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care.

The Hospital Engagement Network started last year and is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s Partnership for Patients.

The network looks at 10 core measures in a number of areas including hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired conditions, obstetrics, transition of care, and reduction of readmissions.

According to GHA officials, as part of their participation in the Health Engagement Network, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012 and 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 proud to have received recognition for its improvements in quality care and patient safety.

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

Georgia Hospital Association President Joseph Parker said that thanks to the leadership and commitment of Stephens County Hospital, the GHA is on its way to achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative.