(March 11, 2011) - Memorial University Medical Center in
Savannah has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA)
Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll.
Memorial is one of 62 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), which
administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data
was collected from October 2009 to September 2010.
"This is a great accomplishment for Memorial," said Joseph
Parker, president of GHA. "This recognition further underscores the
commitment of the Memorial staff to ensuring that every patient
receives the best, most effective health care possible."
All acute care hospitals are required to submit care data to
CMS. This data details how well a hospital's caregivers adhere to a
list of eight Appropriate Care Measures (ACM), which are the
clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective
methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks,
heart failure, or pneumonia. The ACM is a composite measure that
determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the
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. A hospital's adherence to these recommended
clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
"At Memorial, providing safe, quality care is our highest
priority. Being named on the Quality Honor Roll is a tribute to the
hard work and dedication of our Team Members. Every day, they
strive to make excellent care even better," said Margaret Gill,
MBA, interim chief executive officer of Memorial Health.
The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January
2000 and sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association, is a unique
statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers
with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy
communities. PHA includes representation from groups like
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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