Redmond Regional Medical Center Wins Statewide Safety Award, Circle of Excellence Award

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January 17, 2012

The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to Redmond Regional Medical Center for its program that reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors at local Industries partnered with Redmond’s Occupational Health Team. This was the 6th consecutive year that Redmond has won a Patient Safety Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability Annual Patient Safety Summit. The 2011 project, entitled “Reducing Communities Risk of Cardiovascular Disease through Effective Worksite Risk Reduction Programs” won 2nd place in the Hospitals Category with 100- 299 beds. The project included over 5,000 employees in three worksites screened for risk of cardiovascular disease. The program identified volunteers through a screening program to participate in an eight week Risk Reduction Program taught by a registered dietician and nurse practitioner intervention. Results including 98% of participants lowering their cholesterol by an average of 43 points. Similar statistics included reductions in Low Density Lipoproteins (or LDL the "bad" cholesterol), Triglycerides, Blood Pressure and Weight.

“It is an honor to see our Occupational Health team win such a prestigious award for the great work they do every day in with our industry partners in the communities we serve.” John Quinlivan, FACHE, CEO Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Redmond Regional Medical Center was also presented with the Circle of Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. This honor is awarded to hospitals and health systems that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to quality and patient safety as evidenced by winning three or more PHA Patient Safety Awards within the previous five years. Redmond's past awards from the Partnership for Healthcare and Accountability include:

2010: A Comprehensive Approach in a Multi-Hospital System to Improve Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Personnel

2009: Reducing Patients and Employees Environmental and Infection Control Risks through Effective Rounding

2008: Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit

2007: Decreasing Door-To-Balloon Time for Patients Receiving PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

2007: Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus

2006: Reducing the Incidence of Contrast Induced Nephropathy (CIN)

Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has over 245 physicians with more than 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates.

Making excellent medical care convenient and available is Redmond’s first priority. With outstanding medical care and attention available 24/7, the hospital offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs, many of which are unique to the northwest Georgia region. Redmond offers a full service cardiology product line and is nationally recognized as a top cardiac care center. Other areas of excellence include emergency care, orthopedics, vascular care, an inpatient rehabilitation unit and more. For additional information on Redmond Regional Medical Center, visit the Redmond website at www.redmondregional.com.

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