Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Rockdale Medical Center is one of 27 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Trustee category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from October 2011 to September 2012.
Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital's caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.
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. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital's adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
"We are pleased to recognize Rockdale Medical Center's commitment to patient safety," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. "Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible."
"We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care," said Deborah Armstrong, chief executive officer of Rockdale Medical Center. "This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better."
Rockdale Medical Center is a 138-bed acute-care hospital that is fully accredited by The Joint Commission which evaluates hospital patient care for quality, safety and value. Rockdale Medical Center is part of LifePoint Hospitals, which owns 58 community hospitals nationwide.
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.