Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the participation of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network, or “HEN,” for its participation in the national Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative. The HEN consisted of 111 hospitals across the state. Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important three-year national initiative to improve patient safety.
The GHA HEN was one of 26 organizations in the country that contracted with the PfP project. Over the past three years, the GHA HEN’s patient safety efforts resulted in the prevention of 20,000 incidents of harm, which translates to an estimated savings of $106 million to $136 million.
“The work and dedication of our hospitals throughout this three-year initiative was remarkable,” said GHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Patten. “The HEN hospitals embraced the ‘All teach. All learn’ approach and adopted collaboration as a strategy. GHA and Georgia hospitals are demonstrating their commitment to improve care for all Georgians.”
Murray Medical Center, a dedicated GHA HEN participant, made overall improvements on several measures, including:
- No Pressure Ulcers in 14 quarters of data
- Decreased readmission by 43%
- Decreased SSI by 50%
- Decreased ADE by 69%
“We’re very proud to achieve this distinction,” said Hal Coble, administrator for Murray Medical Center. “We are committed to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community, and quality is a top priority for us.”
About Murray Medical Center
Murray Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 43 bed hospital located in Chatsworth, Ga. was recognized as a “Best Practice Hospital” by the Georgia Hospital Association in the care of Acute M.I. (heart attacks). Similarly, Murray Medical Center was also recently presented with a National Quality Leader Award in the care of pneumonia by the Care Science Group. In recent patient satisfaction survey results, Murray Medical Center has ranked as high as the 99th percentile nationally. Murray Medical is accredited by The Joint Commission.
The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), an affiliate of GHA, was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.
Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.