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April 26, 2006

MAURY REGIONAL RECEIVES AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

Maury Regional Hospital was recently selected as a recipient of the 2006 Volunteer Hospital Association (VHA) Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in the area of cardiac care, according to Robert Otwell, CEO.  This award is based on the latest set of measures that has been nationally accepted as indicators of quality.

“This award validates the dedicated focus of our physicians and clinical staff to improve the care provided to our cardiac patients,” said Otwell. “By adopting evidence based measures as a standard part of a cardiac patient’s plan of care at our hospital, we are able to monitor and measure the overall rate of improvement in outcomes. Those in the community who depend on us for their health care can be assured that we will continue to seek ways to enhance care and improve their well-being.”

Dr. Charles Ball, Medical Director, added,  “Maury Regional Hospital is committed to achieving clinical excellence in all areas, and with a strong focus on cardiac care, this honor reflects the great leadership and dedication of our physicians and clinical staff who devote themselves to providing the best patient care as set by national standards.” 

The best practice standards for cardiac care are divided according to the cardiac problem that is being treated. For heart attack—Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)—the standards include:

  • Aspirin prescribed at time of patient’s arrival
  • Aspirin prescribed at time of patient’s discharge
  • ACE inhibitors or beta blocker administered for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD). LVSD is when the left side (ventricle) of the heart fails to pump the necessary amount of blood to the rest of the body (systolic dysfunction)
  • Adult smoking cessation advice/counseling provided to patient prior to discharge
  • Beta blocker prescribed at time of patient’s arrival
  • Beta blocker prescribed at time of patient’s discharge
  • Amount of time until thrombolysis (the treatment to break up abnormal blood clots that are restricting blood flow) administered
  • Amount of time until coronary intervention

For patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) the best practice standards include:

  • ACE inhibitors or beta blocker administered for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) 
  • Detailed discharge instructions provided to patient
  • Left ventricular function assessment performed on patient
  • Adult smoking cessation advice/counseling provided to patient prior to discharge

Maury Regional Hospital’s achievements on rate-based indicators qualified the hospital for the award. The median time for delivery of thrombolytic agents was equal to or less than 30 minutes.  The median time until coronary intervention was equal to or less than 120 minutes.

Curt Nonomaque, president and chief executive officer of VHA, stated, “Congratulations on this achievement. This high level of performance evidences your organization’s efforts and commitment to excellence.”

Based in Irving, Texas, VHA Inc. is a health care provider alliance of more than 2,400 not-for-profit health care organizations. VHA helps members deliver safe, effective and cost-efficient care through both national and local support. VHA has 18 local offices serving members across the United States.             

 

 

 

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