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DeKalb Medical Receives National Award for Commitment to Quality

May 03, 2016

 For Immediate Release 

DeKalb Medical Receives National Award for Commitment to Quality


Atlanta, GA -- DeKalb Medical received the 2016 Truven Health Advantage Award for Performance Improvement and Efficiency at the Truven Health Analytics Advantage Conference on April 27th in Dallas, TX.  

The Performance Improvement and Efficiency Award nationally recognizes DeKalb Medical, and particularly its Quality Institute, for creating processes and procedures that affect positive change and effectively report those changes. This award is one of 8 that Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, gives out each year.

 DeKalb Medical’s Quality Institute developed a dashboard that analyzes outcomes for key performance indicators (KPIs), like length of stay or mortality, and compares the health systems performance to national standards each month. The Quality Institute also created a clinical leadership model that uses data to identify opportunities and facilitate processes for improvement.

 “We use our data to identify operational inefficiencies and assess effectiveness of business strategies” explained Ellen Hargett RN, CPHQ, LSSBB, director of Quality and Process Improvement. “DeKalb Medical is focused on understanding processes that drive both the observed and the expected outcomes in patients, rather than just finding a problem with an individual or department.”

 The clinical leadership model relies heavily on collaboration between physicians, hospital operations staff, and Six Sigma Black Belt project Leaders serving on tactical teams. From 2014-2015 these tactical teams have been able to reduced complications and length of stay resulting in financial savings of $12,473,116.  Mortality reductions netted 104 lives saved.

 “While our performance on the KPIs is improving, perhaps the most dramatic change has been in providing a structure for engaging physicians,” said Hargett. “Our success in these efforts is rooted in their participation, leadership support and facilitation by quality professionals.  I look forward to our organization continuing to improve the quality of care under this clinical leadership model.”

About DeKalb Medical

DeKalb Medical offers more than 700 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties. The not-for-profit health care system consists of three campuses -- DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical LTAC at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale—as well as the DeKalb Physicians Group with over 30 practices in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Founded in DeKalb County in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an established and active member of the community, offering a variety of award-winning, accessible services, including joint replacement, long-term acute care, surgical weight loss, mammography, heartburn solutions and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. The Cancer Center has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.

About Truven Health Analytics

Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, offers a wide range of healthcare data, analytics, consulting and IT solutions to help clients improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. With IBM’s recent acquisition of Truven Health, IBM and Truven data scientists will begin the process of using Watson Health’s cognitive capabilities to derive insights from Truven's health data. Data from Truven, along with an array of solutions and services, will also help optimize IBM offerings for value-based care.


For more information, contact:

Margaret Harrison