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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.

CMO reappointed to national quality board

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Georgia Regents Health System, has been reappointed as a Senior Examiner on the Board of Examiners for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. This is his fourth year serving on the Board.

Dellsperger 2013Appointed by the Director of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 400 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit organizations from across the United States.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards are given annually in up to six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. Since 1988, 95 organizations have received Baldrige Awards, including the 2013 winners: Pewaukee School District in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, California.

Dellsperger, who joined GRHealth in 2013, also serves as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American College of Physicians.

For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, email baldrige@nist.gov or visit nist.gov/baldrige.

Dellsperger named Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger
Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger

Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Outcomes at the University of Missouri, has been named Chief Medical Officer and Vice President at Georgia Regents Medical Center. He will also be Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in GRU’s Medical College of Georgia. He will assume his new role Nov. 1.

“We are very pleased to have Kevin join our executive team and are confident his significant administrative and clinical experience will enhance the quality of care and service delivery for patients and families who rely on Georgia Regents Medical Center for their health care needs,” said Steven M. Scott, Chief Operating Officer at Georgia Regents Medical Center. “I am grateful to Dr. Bill Kanto for his service in this role over the past two and a half years and to the Search Committee for their diligence throughout this process.”

Dellsperger will help the medical center advance best practices in health care delivery, focusing on patient safety and cost effectiveness. He will focus on quality and patient satisfaction metrics and increase satisfaction of the medical center’s clinical services among referring physicians.

“I am excited to join the Georgia Regents Health System leadership team as we embark on a journey toward performance excellence and increased patient and referring physician satisfaction,” Dellsperger said. “My wife, Linda, and I also look forward to becoming active members of the Augusta community.”

He previously served as Professor in UM’s Departments of Internal Medicine; Medical Pharmacology and Physiology; and Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. He also served as Director of the Tom and Anne Smith MD/PhD Program and held the Marie L. Vorbeck Chair in Medicine. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

His research interests include coronary and pulmonary arterial and microvascular function in health and disease, exercise physiology in metabolic syndrome, and education and patient safety. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and American Heart Association.

Dellsperger is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and previously attended the Brent James Intermountain Advanced Training Program.

He has authored more than 120 papers, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards for three leading health care journals.

Dellsperger received his medical and doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Iowa.

Dellsperger named Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger
Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Outcomes at the University of Missouri, has been named Chief Medical Officer and Vice President at Georgia Regents Medical Center. He will also be Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in GRU’s Medical College of Georgia. He will assume his new role Nov. 1.

“We are very pleased to have Kevin join our executive team and are confident his significant administrative and clinical experience will enhance the quality of care and service delivery for patients and families who rely on Georgia Regents Medical Center for their health care needs” said Steven M. Scott, Chief Operating Officer at Georgia Regents Medical Center. “I am grateful to Dr. Bill Kanto for his service in this role over the past two and a half years and to the Search Committee for their diligence throughout this process.”

Dellsperger will help the medical center advance best practices in health care delivery, focusing on patient safety and cost effectiveness. He will focus on quality and patient satisfaction metrics, and increase satisfaction of GRMC’s clinical services among referring physicians.

“I am excited to join the Georgia Regents Health System leadership team as we embark on a journey toward performance excellence, and increased patient and referring physician satisfaction,” Dellsperger said. “My wife, Linda, and I also look forward to becoming active members of the Augusta community.”

He previously served as Professor in UM’s Departments of Internal Medicine; Medical Pharmacology and Physiology; and Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. He also served as Director of the Tom and Anne Smith MD/PhD Program and held the Marie L. Vorbeck Chair in Medicine. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

His research interests include coronary and pulmonary arterial and microvascular function in health and disease, exercise physiology in metabolic syndrome, and education and patient safety.  His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and American Heart Association.

Dellsperger is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and previously attended the Brent James Intermountain Advanced Training Program.

He has authored more than 120 papers, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards for three leading health care journals.

Dellsperger received his medical and doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Iowa.