DeKalb Medical at Hillandale Places on Quality Honor Roll
June 30, 2010
DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, the first planned, all-digital hospital in Georgia
Atlanta, GA – (June 30, 2010) DeKalb Medical at Hillandale in Lithonia has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. DeKalb Medical at Hillandale is one of 51 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category. 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 January 2009 to December 2009.
“This is a great accomplishment for DeKalb Medical at Hillandale,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the DeKalb Medical at Hillandale 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 right time.
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.
“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receive the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said Clay Fowler, F.A.C.H.E., administrator, DeKalb Medical at Hillandale. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”
About DeKalb Medical at Hillandale
The 100-bed hospital located in Lithonia was the first planned all-digital hospital in Georgia. Serving more than 150,000 patients since opening in 2005, the hospital offers inpatient and outpatient surgery, an adult ICU and 24-hour emergency services. The non-profit hospital is one of three hospitals in the DeKalb Medical system and was one of the first in Georgia to implement an electronic medical records system and online patient appointment scheduling for improved care satisfaction and safety. To learn more, visit www.dekalbmedical.org.
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.