2018 Quality & Patient Safety Winners

1st Place 
Brooks County Hospital

"Energizing the ED: Maximizing ED Throughput"

2nd Place 
Brooks County Hospital

"Dietary and Patient Safety"

3rd Place 
Bacon County Hospital and Health System

 “Turn Around the Turnovers”

1st Place
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital

"Reduction of Non-violent Restraint Use in the Acute Care Hospital Setting"

2nd Place
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital

"Improving Communication About Medications"

3rd Place
Meadows Regional Medical Center

"Colon Surgical Site Infection Reduction Bundle"

1st Place 
Emory Johns Creek Hospital

"Medication Reconciliation: New Workflow Strategies to Improve Patient Safety by Reducing Pre-Admission Medication History Errors"

2nd Place
Navicent Health Baldwin

"Simple As That: How Transparency Reduced Patient Harm in our Community Hospital"

3rd Place
Redmond Regional Medical Center

"Extubation Celebration: Less is Better!"

1st Place 
Medical Center, Navicent Health

"H.A.C.ing VAE (Ventilator Associated Events)"

2nd Place
Emory University Hospital Midtown

"Cultivating a Culture of Teamwork and Safety through Implementation of a Hospital Daily Safety Huddle"

3rd Place
WellStar Cobb Hospital

"Sepsis Superheroes: Saving Lives Through Early Identification and Intervention"

1st Place 
Emory Healthcare

"Healthcare Acquired Condition Quality Acceleration Team (HAC QAT): Reducing HAIs Across a Health System"

2nd Place
Georgia TriStar Hospitals

 “Reducing Unnecessary Ionizing Radiation Exposure for Patients – A Multi-Hospital System’s Approach"

3rd Place
Northside Hospital 

 “Moving from Worse than Expected to Better than Expected in Preventing Clostridium Difficile Infections: An Interdepartmental Collaborative Initiative"

1st Place
Redmond Regional Medical Center

"A Systematic Approach to Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections in a Community Based Hospital"

2nd Place
WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital

"Reducing Healthcare Facility – Onset C.difficile by Increasing Appropriate Testing"

3rd Place
Piedmont Healthcare

"Clean 4 You Promise Package: A Horizontal Approach to Preventing Infections"

Emory Healthcare
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Medical Center, Navicent Health
Redmond Regional Medical Center 
WellStar Cobb Hospital

Partnership for Health & Accountability

The PHA Quality and Patient Safety Awards recognize health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. The 2018 Awards will be presented at the Patient Safety Summit in January.

Check out our 2017 Patient Safety Winners for more information.

FLEX (The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program)

The FLEX program aims to improve access to preventive and emergency health care services for rural populations.

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)

The MBQIP is an initiative within the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility grant program funded through the Health Resouces and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and funded to states to support quality improvement (QI) work within small rural hospitals.

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

HIIN works at the regional, state, national or hospital system level to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program, help identify solutions already working and disseminate them to other hospitals and providers.

Click here for information on the HRET GHA HIIN Reducing Readmissions Six-Month Collaborative

HRET HIIN Infection Prevention Educational Webinar

PHA HIIN Infection Prevention October 11, 2017 HRET GHA Educational Webinar

HRET HIIN Workers Safety Educational Webinar - Worker's Safety

* Active Shooter Planning and Response

* Exposure to Stress - Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

* Culture of Safety - Change Package

* Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Workers

* Preventing Violence in Healthcare - Gap Analysis

* Quick Safety - Bullying has no place in health care

* Workers Safety: Workplace Violence

* Workers Safety Fact Sheet

* Violence Incident Report Form

* Kaiser Permanente Emergency Management Log

* Children's Hospital Colorado High Risk Occurrence and Response Events

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)

SHIP provides funding to more than 1,600 participating hospitals in 47 participating State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) to help small rural hospitals participate in various Affordable Care Act (ACA) delivery system reforms, such as value-based purchasing programs, accountable care organizations and payment bundling.

2017-2018 SHIP Grant Project Distribution List

Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS)

The purpose of TeamSTEPPS is to establish a systematic approach to all aspects of team training – assessment and readiness, planning, training and implementation, coaching and sustainment of teamwork behaviors. These tools and techniques, originally developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will promote positive change that will position you and your hospital for success.

Certified GHA TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers

Tyra Brown, MPH

Lynne Hall, RN, BSN

Cleo N. Harris, MHA

Kathy McGowan, MPH

Mary Pizzino, CPHQ

Joyce Reid, RN, MS

Tracy Rutland, MBA,MHA

Roben Summers, RN

Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN)

GHAREF Continues Partnership with Medical Association of Georgia to Recruit Physicians for TCPI

Enroll in the Compass Practice Transformation Network

Compass Practice Transformation FAQs

Call Rhett Partin at (770) 249-4502 with any questions.

Providing Clinicians and Physicians with the Support and Tools to Thrive in Value-Based Care

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is actively recruiting Georgia physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners (clinicians) to join the Compass Practice Transformation Network (Compass PTN), which is part of the national initiative Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) and aims to help physicians and clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation in primary and specialty care practice settings. The Compass PTN, established by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, supports physicians and clinicians across six states in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

GHA quality advisors will work with physicians and clinicians to achieve the five phases of transformation to prepare for the 2019 alternative payment models while improving and sustaining quality care practices.

Benefits include:

• Improved health outcomes for patients;
• Improved care coordination through connectivity;
• Better engaged patients and families in their care;
• Improved patient, clinician and staff satisfaction; and
• Reduced overall cost of care

Additional questions can be answered by Compass PTN Leads Joyce Reid