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Piedmont Healthcare Awarded Quality and Patient Safety Award for Infection Prevention Project

Atlanta, Ga. (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta for its project designed to prevent infections. The project, titled, “Patient Safety Check: Real Time Clinical Decision Support to Keep Patients Safe from Infection,” improved clinical decision support to help with infection prevention and won third place in the Josh Nahum Award for Infection Prevention and Control category.

 

The Patient Safety Check project consists of Promise Packages, which are support tools designed for management of infection prevention bundles and quality initiatives throughout Piedmont Healthcare. These include CAUTI (Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection) and CLABSI (Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection) Prevention and Clean 4 You, which consists of four components: Clean Bed, Clean Patient, Clean Hands, and Clean Room. The Promise Packages are online tools, which contain policies, procedures, visuals, step-by-step Epic documentation flow, and more.

 

“We’ve seen great success in the reduction of hospital acquired infections throughout all of Piedmont’s hospitals since this project has been implemented,” said Leigh Hamby, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Piedmont Healthcare. “There is a tremendous focus on safety within the culture at Piedmont and this project establishes the framework for providing, safe, high-quality, patient-centered care.”

 

These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

 

“Infection prevention is a priority of hospitals statewide,” said Georgia Hospital Association President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We applaud Piedmont Healthcare for its success in this area and for making critical progress in patient safety while ensuring the best and safest care possible for patients.”

 

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About PHA

 

The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), an affiliate of GHA, was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.

 

About GHA

 

Founded in 1929, GHA serves more than 170 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia’s citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit gha.org.

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