"This is a great accomplishment for Cartersville Medical Center," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. "This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Cartersville Medical Center staff to 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 a list of eight 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. 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. A suggested treatment for pneumonia is to administer an antibiotic within four hours of a patient's arrival. 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 receives the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this," said Cartersville Medical Center, chief executive officer of Cartersville Medical Center. "This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better."
Cartersville Medical Center, a facility of a three-hospital health system in Northwest Georgia including Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome and Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, is a 112-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission and recently named an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Acworth Medical Plaza -- including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center -- and The Hope Center are facilities of Cartersville Medical Center.
For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit www.cartersvillemedical.com.
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.