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Gwinnett Medical Center Recognized for Excellence

09.12.2011

After Data Assessment, Lawrenceville and Duluth Hospitals Receive Top Rankings

Lawrenceville, Ga.—Gwinnett Medical Center’s hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville, Ga., have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. The hospitals were among 61 facilities in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. 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 2010 to December 2010.

“This is a great accomplishment for GMC,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the GMC staff 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 Appropriate Care Measures (ACM). Such measures 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.

In addition to this recognition by GHA, GMC was also recognized in independent research as it relates to the same three conditions. In a study by USA Today and WXIA-TV, patients treated at GMC hospitals for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia had a better chance for survival in comparison to the national average.

“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly striving to make excellent care even better.”

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.

About PHA
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.