MUMC Places on Georgia Hospital Association's Quality Honor Roll

(May 23, 2014) - 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 23 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 October 2012 to September 2013.

"We are pleased to recognize Memorial's commitment to patient safety," said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA. "Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care 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 time.

"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 businesses.

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 654-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealthtwitter.com/mymemorial, andyoutube.com/memorialhealth.