North Fulton Hospital has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care for the second quarter of 2013. North Fulton Hospital is one of 31 hospitals in Georgia to place in the Elite Circle, the highest on the list.
North Fulton Hospital is a participant in the GHA Hospital Engagement Network, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients. GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), is one of 26 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals.
The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. According to data provided by GHA, Georgia hospitals have prevented almost 9,300 incidents of harm, resulting in savings ranging from $59 million to $63 million.
To achieve these goals, there are major directives from CMS regarding improved care in
10 focus areas: Four are related to hospital-acquired infections; four are related to hospital-acquired conditions; one is related to obstetrics and trying to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks; and one is related to transition of care and reduction of readmissions.
As part of their participation in the GHA Hospital Engagement Network, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012. Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals’ improvement in their respective selected areas.
“Thanks to the leadership and commitment of North Fulton Hospital, we have made great progress in achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative,” said Earl Rogers, president of GHA. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of North Fulton Hospital’s staff and applaud their efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions.”