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Officials: Awards show excellence of care at GMC

LAWRENCEVILLE - Recent awards, recognition and redesignations continue to show that Gwinnett Medical Center is a facility of clinical excellence, officials said.

State surveyors - including an emergency room doctor and trauma coordinator from other state hospitals - were recently on site reviewing the GMC trauma center program.

The result of that visit was the trauma center being redisignated as a Level II trauma center, meaning it has a full spectrum of capacity and surgical subspecialties.

"They were very complimentary of our hospital and its support for trauma care," said Gina Solomon, trauma coordinator. "They pointed out out that our Red Shirt Trauma Nurse Program was something they would like to see copied in other trauma centers throughout the state."

In the clinical excellence category, GMC was selected as one of the three top winners of the 2009 VHA Georgia Regional Leadership Awards. The winning application, submitted by Marie Commiskey, infection prevention and control manager, was titled "Striving for Zero: Implementation of authority guidelines and innovation with emphasis on prevention of health care associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission."

The hospital will receive the award Sept. 2 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

In the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Survey, the Gwinnett Extended Care Center received just two deficiencies after being surveyed on more than 400 state and federal regulations. The state average is seven deficiencies.

In the Life Safety survey, the center received no deficiencies.

"These are three ideal examples of GMC associates and facilities continuing to transform health care every day," GMC spokeswoman Andrea Wehrmann said.