Habersham Medical Center Recognized for Remarkably Low Infection Rates
ATLANTA – Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the participation of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network, or “HEN,” for its participation in the national Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative. The HEN consisted of 111 Georgia hospitals.  Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important three-year national initiative to improve patient safety.
The GHA HEN was one of 26 organizations in the country that contracted with the PfP project. Over the past three years, the GHA HEN’s patient safety efforts resulted in the prevention of 20,000 incidents of harm, which translates to an estimated savings of $106 million to $136 million.
“The work and dedication of our hospitals throughout this three-year initiative was remarkable,” said GHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Patten. “The HEN hospitals embraced the 'All teach. All learn' approach and adopted collaboration as a strategy. GHA and Georgia hospitals are demonstrating their commitment to improve care for all Georgians.”
Habersham Medical Center,a dedicated GHA HEN participant, excelled in several measures, including:
·         No Stage III or IV Pressure Ulcers for 42 months
·         No Surgical Wounds Dehiscence  for 42 months
·         Only one Surgical Site Infection for Hysterectomy or  Colorectal Case in 10  reporting                    quarters
·         For ICU Patients, no Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections  for 11 quarters
·         For ICU Patients, no Central Line Bloodstream Infections for 15 quarters
 “The recognition Habersham Medical Center has received for our culture of patient safety and quality care is achieved through rigorous monitoring and ongoing training,” says Jerry Wise, CEO. “Our team continuously focuses on making sure our patients receive the highest level of care and the best possible outcomes.”