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Gwinnett Medical Center Placed on Quality Honor Roll by Georgia Hospital Association

05.08.2008

ATLANTA—Gwinnett Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. GMC is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to achieve this recognition. 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 Oct. 2006 to Sept. 2007.

“This is a great accomplishment for GMC,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “This recognition further validates the commitment of the GMC staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”

GMC has an incredible vision for the future—a vision that will transform healthcare in our community and ensure that the very best care is available for every patient we serve, and that vision is called Project PATH. Planning, advancing and transforming the healthcare needs of the community is the strategic plan GMC has adopted and using this vision as a foundation helps to set the standards for clinical recognition.

The CMS data details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of 10 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. For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital. 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,” Wolfe said. “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 Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, the GMC provided care in 2007 to over 400,000 patients.  In 2007, Gwinnett Medical Center launched Project PATH—to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.  

About Partnership for Health and Accountability
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.