PCH recognized for outstanding patient care

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Receiving the top quality care award for Piggott Community Hospital at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care's recent annual Quality Conference in Hot Springs are, from left: Tonny Dement, APN; Stacey Baldwin, RN, and Judy Nettles, RN. The three are pictured with conference speaker Dr. Janet S. Wright, MD. (Courtesy photo)

Piggott Community Hospital earned top honors for the quality of care they offer to patients. The awards were presented at a dinner April 17 as part of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care's annual Quality Conference in Hot Springs.

The Critical Access Hospital Best Achievement Award is given to the two hospitals with the highest appropriate care measure rates for the time period of the fourth quarter of 2010 through the third quarter of 2011. The hospital also earned a Hospital Recognition Award in the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care's annual Quality Awards program for its pledge to participate in the Outpatient Quality Data Reporting Program.

In 1972, Congress authorized organizations to monitor the appropriateness, quality and outcome of care in hospitals that provided services to Medicare and Medicaid patients. AFMC is the organization that carries out that task. But review of patient care is not limited to just those Medicare and Medicaid recipients. All patients receiving hospital care are studied for compliance to the standards defined as optimal care.

The Quality Awards are designed to recognize improvement in individual health care organizations' performance in AFMC's quality improvement projects. The Quality Sustainability Award is given to hospitals that sustain their overall appropriate care measure rates at or above 90 percent from the third quarter of 2009 through the third quarter of 2011.

"While we have earned honors for the care we offer to our patients before, it is important to be acknowledged for the continuing efforts staff and physicians devote to patients," said James Magee, CEO. "We are always challenged to improve, and improvement is what is required to maintain the highest standards of care.

"I give all the credit for these awards and statewide recognition to those who give and support patient care. Every person who supports the hospital contributes."

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