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Doctors Hospital Places on Quality Honor Roll

March 16, 2010

Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll.  Doctors Hospital is one of 14 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, the highest on the list. 

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for medicine & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs.  The data was collected from October 2008 to September 2009.

“This is a great accomplishment for Doctors Hospital,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Doctors Hospital 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.

About Doctors Hospital
Since its founding over 35 years ago, Doctors Hospital has become Augusta's premier healthcare provider by listening to our patients and responding to the evolving needs of our community. The hospital today is a full service medical/surgical facility, located in the heart of Augusta's fastest growing area, committed to quality healthcare services, advanced diagnostic/treatment technologies, and wellness resources. In addition to Orthopedics, Doctors Hospital specializes in Cancer Care, Women’s Services, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

About PHA
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.

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