(July 31, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in
Savannah was named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA)
Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll.
Memorial is one of 18 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the
Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor
roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for
Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) and collected from January
2011 to December 2011.
"This is a great accomplishment for MUMC," said Joseph Parker,
president of GHA. "This recognition further underscores the
commitment of the MUMC team to ensuring that every patient receives
the best, most effective healthcare possible."
Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details
how well a hospital adheres to a list of value-based purchasing
core measures. These measures are the clinical processes that are
proven 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 be given
an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. A
hospital's adherence to these recommendations usually leads to
better outcomes. The value-based purchasing core measure assesses
how well the hospital provided the right care at the right
"We work hard every day to ensure that our patients receive
effective, evidence-based care. This recognition from GHA
reinforces that we are doing the right thing," said Maggie Gill,
president and CEO of Memorial Health. "This honor is a tribute to
our physicians and Team Members who are constantly working to make
excellent care even better."
The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January
2000 and sponsored by the GHA, is a unique statewide collaborative
that brings together healthcare providers with community agencies
and individuals to achieve healthy communities. The Partnership for
Health and Accountability includes representation from hospitals,
physicians, state health officials, legislators, and
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
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