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(Smyrna, GA, June 29, 2009)—Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna has been named as one of only 38 hospitals in the state to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Presidential Honor Roll.

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 January 2008 through December 2008. To qualify as a Presidential Honor Roll hospital, EAH maintained a score of 93% or higher in its Appropriate Care Measures (ACM) during that time period.

The CMS data details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of 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. For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

"Congratulations to Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna for its outstanding performance," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. "We are proud of this accomplishment," said Ed Moyer, COO of the Hospital. "It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time, and this recognition validates this."

Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is operated by Adventist Health System (AHS) as a joint venture with Emory Healthcare. AHS operates the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare system in the nation, with 38 hospitals in 11 states, as well as extended-care, home health and hospice facilities. Emory Healthcare is one of the nation's leading health systems and is affiliated with the world-renowned Emory University School of Medicine and Emory University Hospital.