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GRHealth awarded for safety, quality in heart surgery

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents Medical Center has earned a statewide award for enhancing cardiac care from the Partnership for Health and Accountability, an affiliate of the Georgia Hospital Association. GRHealth earned third place among Georgia hospitals with more than 300 beds for successfully managing blood sugar levels in heart surgery patients.

PHA’s annual Quality and Safety Awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievements in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

“We are honored to have been chosen for another PHA award at GRHealth. We are always looking for ways to advance the care we provide to our patients and families,” said Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Research has shown that people whose sugars are not well managed after surgery tend to have higher rates of complications, so GRHealth standardized the management of glucose levels in surgical patients through advanced treatment protocols. This enhanced cardiac care plan requires monitoring blood sugar more frequently; providing more thorough patient education; increasing communication between the operating room and the intensive care unit; and fulfilling all necessary caregiver training.

“By implementing these protocols, we have reduced the risk of wound infections and improved survival in cardiac surgery,” said Dellsperger, a seasoned cardiologist. “We have shown marked improvement in a short period of time.”

Results showed staff compliance for managing glucose levels improved from 31 to 100 percent during surgery and from 82 percent to 100 percent during the post-operative period.

“This demonstrates our commitment to improving quality and safety for our patients.” Furthermore, Dellsperger said the results have relevance across the board for better outcomes.

“Cardiac surgery is life-saving, but it can have potentially life-threatening complications. Proper glucose control ensures patient safety by reducing the risk of these complications,” said Dr. Doug Patten, GHA’s Chief Medical Officer. “We applaud Georgia Regents Medical Center for its success in this area and for its efforts in providing the best and safest care possible to its patients.”

About PHA
The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), an affiliate of GHA, was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.

About GHA
Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.

Promotional efforts earn 11 Target Awards

Georgia Regents University earned 11 Target Awards, including the Best of Show, from the Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations during the society’s annual conference June 11-13 at Lake Oconee.

Group Awards photo (3)The Office of Communications and Marketing was recognized with six gold and four silver awards for marketing, advertising, and media relations efforts on behalf of Georgia Regents Health System. In addition, the Teen Life Campaign, a project aimed at reducing the number of teen births in the CSRA by encouraging teens to seek care at the new Georgia Regents Teen Health Clinic, was selected as Best of Show, the top prize for the entire contest.

Gold awards were presented for:

  • Television Advertising: GRU Cancer Center commercial – “Unraveling Cancer”
  • Billboards/Outdoor: GRU Cancer Center – “Real People Heal Here”
  • Special Events: CSRA in Scrubs
  • Total Integrated Campaign: Teen Life Campaign
  • Fundraising: 88.3 WAFJ Radio/Children’s Hospital of Georgia Toy Drive
  • Writing: Children’s Hospital of Georgia Craniofacial Center Reaccredited

Silver awards were presented for:

  • Radio Advertising: GRU Cancer Center
  • Audiovisuals: Children’s Hospital of Georgia – Video testimonials
  • External Newsletters/Magazines: Heart on Time Cardiovascular Newsletter
  • Branding: Children’s Hospital of Georgia Name Change/Branding Launch

The Target Awards are presented annually by the Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, an affiliate of the Georgia Hospital Association. The award entries are judged by peer societies in others states.

 

GRHealth generates a $1.4 billion impact on economy

GRHealthExteriorAUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents Medical Center played a critical role in boosting Augusta’s financial health by pumping more than $1.1 billion into the economy in 2011, according to a report from the Georgia Hospital Association. In addition, Georgia Regents Medical Associates, the physicians practice group for the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, contributed about $255 million during the same time period, according to GHA, for a combined impact of $1.4 billion for the Georgia Regents Health System.

“This underscores the positive impact GRHealth has on our region,” said David S. Hefner, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at GRU and CEO of Georgia Regents Medical Center and Georgia Regents Medical Associates. “While our health system prides itself on being the hospital that meets the critical health care needs for this area, we are equally proud to be a major regional employer and a business partner to many, contributing countless added benefits to the Georgia economy.”

GRMC, which includes Children’s Hospital of Georgia and more than 80 outpatient clinics, supported about 7,530 full-time jobs, while the Medical Associates supported about 1,480 positions.

The report revealed that the hospital and practice group had combined direct expenditures of $603 million. However, when combined with an economic multiplier developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of the hospital and practice group was $1,367,118,666. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical suppliers, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.

Using a “household earnings multiplier,” the study determined that GRHealth generated more than $612 million in household earnings in the local economy. The household earnings formula measures the increased economic contributions from households employed directly or indirectly by the GR Health entities.

The GHA reports also determined that GRHealth provided nearly $56 million in uncompensated care in 2011.

“The uncompensated care burden coupled with continued reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are certainly a challenge for hospital sustainability,” Hefner said. “But our health care system is indispensable. It is a primary guardian of health, a referral resource for advanced and complex care across the region and a key building block for everything else in our communities, including education and economic vitality.”

Georgia Regents University and Health System entered into an agreement to manage operations at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in July, which includes the Warm Springs Long Term Acute Care Hospital. Those facilities contributed more than $36 million to the Meriwether County economy in 2011 and supported about 625 jobs.

GHA recognizes medical center as patient safety leader

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia Hospital Association has recognized Georgia Regents Medical Center as a leader in patient safety for 2012. The medical center was named to the GHA Chairman’s Circle for improving patient care based on national patient safety goals defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“We’ve made tremendous improvements in three CMS areas,” said Linda Henderson, Director of Quality Management at Georgia Regents Health System. “We’ve reduced central line (catheter) infections and cut down on the number of patients being readmitted. In addition, we put procedures in place to help eliminate elective births before 39 weeks, except in emergencies. We’re always looking for ways to improve patient care and reduce unnecessary health care costs.”

Georgia Regents Medical Center is a participant in the GHA Healthcare Engagement Network, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s Partnership for Patients. GHA received federal funding to help Georgia hospitals reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. CMS estimates achieving these goals could save 60,000 lives annually and $35 billion in health care costs.

To make the GHA Chairman’s Circle, hospitals had to demonstrate improvements in two of 10 CMS core measures.

Last month, Georgia Regents Medical Center received the Josh Nahum Special Achievement Award for Infection Prevention and Control from the Partnership for Health and Accountability, a subsidiary of GHA, for cutting down surgical site infections through an aggressive asepsis program.

The 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center is operated by Georgia Regents Health System, a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Georgia Regents University. The health system also includes a Critical Care Center, housing the region’s only Level I trauma center; the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care; and more than 80 outpatient clinics that provide primary and specialty care.

Hefner named to GHA Board of Trustees

David S. HefnerDavid S. Hefner, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Georgia Regents Health System, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association.

Hefner, who joined the health system in 2011, also serves as CEO for Georgia Regents Medical Center, Georgia Regents Medical Associates and Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Previously he was senior advisor for the Association of American Medical Colleges and held leadership positions at University of Chicago Medical Center and Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Hefner earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in public health administration at Brigham Young University. He serves on the national governing board of the Cancer Support Community and is a long-standing arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

“We are extremely fortunate to have David join the Board of Trustees,” said GHA President Joseph Parker. “His wide array of experience and success in leadership roles make him a vital asset to the GHA Board.”

Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its 174 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.