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EAH Places on Quality Honor Roll
(Atlanta, June 15, 2010) — Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna [EAH] has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. EAH is one of 51 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential 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 January 2009 to December 2009.

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

“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receive the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said Dennis Kiley, chief executive officer of EAH. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”

About Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna
Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is a not-for-profit facility operated by Adventist Health System (AHS) as a joint venture with Emory Healthcare. The hospital is located at 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Ga.

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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CONTACT: Tonya Long
Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna
770-437-4766
tonya.long@ahss.org

CONTACT: Kevin Bloye
Georgia Hospital Association
770-249-4504
kbloye@gha.org




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