It has been our physician leaders who made the changes in clinical processes alongside our nurses and other hospital team members. Physicians contribute their valuable time and knowledge to research best practices in medicine and implement them at DeKalb Medical. Their efforts have resulted in a patient safety and hospital quality process that has become an integral part of the way all staff members at DeKalb Medical approach their responsibilities.
DeKalb Medical’s commitment to clinical and operational excellence was also recognized with two leadership awards from VHA Georgia, an organization dedicated to helping hospitals succeed through the delivery of superior clinical services and implementation of superior operational processes.
A VHA Operational Excellence award went to the Emergency Room at North Decatur for decreasing wait times and improving patient satisfaction. A VHA Clinical Excellence award was presented to DeKalb Medical at North Decatur for innovative protocols that reduced the incidence of pressure ulcers that developed while patients were in the hospital from 15 percent in 2008 to less than one percent in 2009.
For years, our board has championed a journey to excellence, beginning with the multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to create one of the first electronic medical records systems in Georgia. Not only has this enhanced medical patient safety, it also formed the core of our evidence-based medical protocols that lead to the superior levels of clinical hospital quality for which we are now being recognized.
These are just a few examples of our patient safety initiatives. However, as well as we are performing, we still recognize that we must never stop improving patient safety and hospital quality, living out our motto: Pushing Beyond!