Southern Regional makes state's 'honor roll'

By Joel Hall


Southern Regional Health System recently earned a place on the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll.

According to Southern Regional officials, the hospital was one of 51 hospitals in Georgia to make the honor roll's presidential level, making it one of the higher-ranked hospitals 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 used to determine the honor roll was collected from January 2009 to December 2009, according to officials.

"This is a great accomplishment for Southern Regional," said GHA President Joseph Parker. "This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Southern Regional staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible."

According to Southern Regional officials, all acute care hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital's caregivers adhere to a list of eight Appropriate Care Measures (ACM).

Those measures are the clinical processes of care known to be the most effective methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. A hospital's adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes, according to officials.

"I congratulate the Southern Regional staff for their hard work in achieving this honor," said Southern Regional President and CEO Stephen W. Mahan. "Ultimately, it is their dedication that drives the excellent care available at our hospital."