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The Joint Commission (TJC)

Gwinnett Medical Center is dedicated to providing the public with the critical information they need to know when selecting a hospital. For that reason, Gwinnett Medical Season was one of the first hospitals in Atlanta to voluntarily submit data to The Joint Commission.

Gwinnett Medical Center remains committed to using this information to maintain a high level of quality healthcare. Physician-driven, multidisciplinary teams have focused on improving care provided to patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Below is a brief summary of quality measures regarding the three conditions. To view The Joint Commission's Quality Report, click here.

Heart Attack
Quality indicators include:

  • ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction given at discharge
  • Aspirin given at arrival
  • Aspirin given at discharge
  • Beta blocker given at discharge
  • Smoking cessation advice/counseling
  • Thrombolytic medication within 30 minutes of arrival

In December, 2008, Gwinnett Medical Center received their second accreditation as a Chest Paint Center from the Society for Chest Pain Centers.

Heart Failure
Quality indicators include:

  • ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction given at discharge
  • Left ventricular function assessment
  • Discharge instructions including diet, exercise, symptom management, medications, weight monitoring, and when to call the physician
  • Smoking cessation advice/counseling

Pneumonia
Quality indicators include:

  • Pneumonia and influenza screening and vaccination
  • Antibiotic timing within six hours of arrival
  • Smoking cessation advice/counseling
  • Antibiotic selection
  • Blood culture performed before first antibiotic given

Surgical Care Improvement Project
Quality indicators include:

  • Antibiotics received one hour prior to surgery
  • Appropriate antibiotic selection
  • Antibiotics stopped at the right time
  • Hair removed using a safer method
  • Correct use of beta blocker therapy
  • Treatment to prevent blood clots for certain types of surgery

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