The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization, accredits 19,000 healthcare organizations in the United States. This year's annual report was released Wednesday with a list of 405 top performing institutions. Those selected for the list make up the top 14 percent of Joint Commission accredited facilities.
"It is a great honor to be recognized among the elite hospitals nationwide by this world renowned accreditation agency. This is a real tribute to the excellent staff and physicians of Cartersville Medical Center," said CMC President and CEO Keith Sandlin. "This is confirmation that our local citizens do not have to leave their community to receive exceptional health care. We greatly appreciate the support of the residents of Bartow County."
The Joint Commission selected top performers for use of evidence-based care, positive patient outcomes and performance related to specific accountability measures. CMC Vice President of Quality Resources Phoebe Stieber works with hospital staff to ensure quality care is practiced.
"Our goal is to provide the highest quality care we can to our community and to be available to serve the community," Stieber said. "We are very honored to be recognized by the Joint Commission for our outcomes for quality, it is certainly an honor for them to select us."
Evidence-based practices are patient care techniques and methodologies shown to be effective. Practices are updated and refined through continuing education while new techniques and technology aid in their application. These are measures taken by CMC to better patient outcomes.
"We have worked very closely with our medical staff and hospital staff on those quality studies to make sure that we're providing the highest level care we can to Bartow County, Cartersville and our community," Stieber said. "We routinely provide feedback to all of our staff of the outcomes -- how we are doing internally. We continually communicate that information internally and we monitor it on a regular basis."
Thirteen hospitals made the list from the state of Georgia. Hospitals were rated in five key areas. CMC was commended for performance in four out of five areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical. The only area not rated within top performance was children's asthma.
Sandlin emphasized the hospital's continuing efforts for bettering services and improving quality.
"We are never content with the status quo and will continue with our aggressive, continuous quality improvement efforts," Sandlin said.