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Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors to meet September 11

The Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017, in the boardroom of the 1-B administration suite on the first floor of Grady Memorial Hospital.

What: Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors meeting
When:

Monday, September 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Committee Meetings
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            Executive Session
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Full board meeting

Where: Grady Memorial Hospital
Board Room, 1-B Administration Suite, 1st floor
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

Solar Eclipse and Eye Safety

The countdown is on for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017!

We are all excited to witness this spectacle, but must consider how it can affect our eyes if left unprotected.

Grady’s Chief of Ophthalmology, Dr. Yousuf Khalifa, says looking directly at the solar eclipse without proper eye wear can cause solar retinopathy, in which UV radiation damages the retina and can lead to permanent vision loss.

If you have not bought the correct eye wear, please be advised that eye complications cannot be avoided by using ordinary sunglasses, a camera lens or homemade filters.

Follow these steps to safely view the solar eclipse:  

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Look for this certification on the inside of your glasses: “ISO 12312-2”
  • The only time it is safe to look directly at the sun without protection is during a total eclipse. Atlanta will experience only a partial eclipse, therefore it is not safe to remove eye wear at any point while looking at the sun
  • Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device—even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer at the same time. Your eyes can still be damaged.
  • Inspect solar filters before use. Do not use if scratched or damaged
  • Before looking up at the sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter—do not remove it while looking at the sun.

Beware of bogus eye glasses using false certifications or logos. The American Astronomical Society has some tips on where to get ISO-compliant solar filters and eclipse glasses- https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Let’s enjoy this natural phenomenon safely!

Grady CEO Named to American Hospital Association Board

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is pleased to announce that Grady Health System President and Chief Executive Officer John Haupert has been appointed to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. Haupert will begin serving a three-year term on the AHA Board on Jan. 1, 2018. The Board of Trustees is the highest policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for governance and management of its direction and finances.

“With the resurgence of Grady Memorial Hospital, Georgia’s largest safety net hospital, John Haupert has helped engineer one of the most successful comeback stories in the American hospital community,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “In less than six years, John has done more than just stabilize Grady financially, he has transformed the institution’s internal culture and public image. With his track record of leadership success, John is an ideal selection to help lead at the national level during these challenging times in health care.”

Haupert was selected to lead Grady in October 2011 and was charged with changing the course of an institution plagued by continued leadership turnover, a huge indigent/uninsured payer mix and a loss of $27 million in 2011. In fact, in 2007, the hospital was hemorrhaging so much money, it was on the brink of closure.

Thanks to a series of changes that have strengthened revenue cycle management, moved the hospital to electronic medical records and helped enroll eligible residents for Medicaid, the hospital has been able to direct additional resources toward enhancing its ability to meet the health care needs of its community. Today, Grady is attracting more patients with commercial health insurance, adding more essential community services and renovating many areas of the campus that desperately needed modernization.

In July, Grady announced plans to construct a seven-story advanced surgical services center across the street from the hospital while expanding and modernizing the system’s Ponce de Leon Center, which treats more than 6,000 people a year with HIV and AIDS. That is in addition to the system’s existing Level 1 Marcus Trauma Center, its leading edge Burn Center (one of only two in the state) and the Marcus Neuroscience and Stroke Center, which is the first of its kind in the region and treats patients from throughout the Southeast and beyond.

“John’s leadership success is fueled by a passion to ensure that every patient, regardless of background or economic status, has access to affordable, high-quality health care services,” said Rogers. “Every decision that he makes in the Board room is driven by what’s best for the patient.”

In 2015, Haupert, who also serves on the GHA Board of Trustees, was selected by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as a board member of the Georgia Department of Public Health — an organization crucial to safeguarding health and wellness in the state. Prior to joining Grady, he served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer at another well-known safety net hospital, the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. At Parkland, Haupert led a team to design, construct and activate a $1.27 billion replacement campus that featured an 862-bed hospital, outpatient specialty clinic towers and an administrative tower.

Grady Receives Level 1 Verification From The American College Of Surgeons, Becoming Atlanta’s Only Level 1 Trauma Center To Achieve This Coveted Status

Grady Memorial Hospital’s Marcus Trauma Center has earned the highest national trauma center recognition — Level I Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Designated a Level I trauma center at the state level since 1987, Grady is now the first hospital verified as a Level I trauma center at the national level in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. The trauma center in Macon is the other only ACS verified Level I trauma center in Georgia.

The verification process is voluntary, and confirms that a hospital has demonstrated its ability to provide all necessary resources for trauma care for all injured patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week meeting the national guidelines set by the American College of Surgeons. Level I status is the highest level of recognition and verifies that in addition to providing all of the necessary services, it also has a training program and actively conducts research on trauma. For Grady, which is one of the highest volume trauma centers in the nation, seeing more than 7,100 trauma patients in 2016, attaining this gold standard recognition reaffirms its position as a leading public academic healthcare system in the country.

“Verified trauma centers must meet the high standards set by the ACS for trauma care capabilities and institutional performance. Our success at achieving verification validates what we have known for some time – Grady’s trauma care is second to none,” said Dr. Peter Rhee, Chief of Acute Care Surgery and Medical Director for Grady’s Marcus Trauma Center. “As a nationally-recognized ACS Level I trauma center, our patients and families know we provide the highest levels of care.”

ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. ACS is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment. In order to attain this official verification status, Grady submitted itself to an intensive review conducted by an external team of trauma care experts. Grady staff, from administrative to clinical, supported the process.

“Verification embodies the spirit of the tireless work that is performed daily at Grady to take care of trauma patients, and represents tremendous effort by the entire hospital staff to achieve this national accreditation,” said Dr. Bryan Morse, Associate Trauma Medical Director.

Grady’s trauma services were thoroughly evaluated using ACS guidelines, where more than 200 standards related to trauma resources, care processes, and continuous performance improvement were met.

“It was not enough for us to be designated a Level I Trauma Center. Seeking verification from a national body and attaining it adds a standard of excellence for trauma care so there is no question about it, we are equipped and ready for any kind of trauma that enters our doors,” said Liz Atkins, Trauma Program Director.

Grady Named Most Wired For Sixth Consecutive Year

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, just released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

  • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
  • 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  • Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
  • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

“For the sixth consecutive year, Grady has been one of the nation’s most wired health systems. This achievement clearly demonstrates the health system’s commitment to providing the highest quality patient care,” said Ben McKeeby, senior vice president and chief information officer, Grady Health System.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.

  • 97 percent use intrusion detection systems.
  • 96 percent perform data access audits.
  • Nearly 90 percent run targeted phishing exercises to teach employees to question suspicious emails.

Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.

  • 82 percent analyze retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
  • Three-quarters use sophisticated analytics such as predictive modeling and data to improve decision-making.
  • Nearly 70 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
  • More than 70 percent are providing data analytic tools training to physicians and nurses.
  • 45 percent initiate a patient pathway using health IT to follow a care plan.
  • Nearly 40 percent deliver quality metrics to physicians at the point-of-care.
  • 32 percent have tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.