For Immediate Release: March 7, 2013
Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals' improvements in patient care throughout the 2012 year. Grady 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 HEN.
Grady is a participant in the GHA HEN, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's (CMS) Partnership for Patients. GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), is one of 27 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals. The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. CMS states that it has the potential to save 60,000 lives annually and create $35 billion in savings to the nation's health care system. Additionally, it can help prevent 1.8 million injuries and 1.6 million patient readmissions.
To achieve these goals, there are major directives from CMS regarding improved care in 10 core measures: Four are related to hospital-acquired infections (HAI); four are related to HACs; one is related to obstetrics (OB) and trying to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks; and one is related to transition of care and reduction of readmissions. As part of their participation in the GHA HEN, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012. Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals' improvement in their respective selected areas.
"Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Grady, we are well on our way to achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. "We are proud to recognize the hard work of Grady's staff and applaud their efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions."
"Providing the highest quality patient care is our top priority", said John Haupert, President and CEO, Grady Health System. "GHA's recognition of our efforts is an honor and confirmation that we are well on our way to meeting our quality goals."
About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest public health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate.
With its nationally acclaimed Emergency Department and Burn Center, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. The state's only Poison Center is housed at Grady as well.
The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center , Grady Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Avon Breast Health Center are also notable components of the health system. Additionally, Grady's Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Other key services include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Primary Care Center, dedicated 60 Plus services for older adults, Teen Services, and the Rape Crisis Center.
Nationally ranked in one specialty, in 2011 Grady was named one of Atlanta's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine named Grady one of the country's Most Wired health systems.
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 businesses.
Grady Memorial Hospital has been ranked 10th in Atlanta in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.