GMC honored for infection control

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Medical Center was recently recognized by the Partnership for Health and Accountability for its efforts to reduce health care-associated infections.

GMC was awarded the Quality and Patient Safety Award for its project, "Striving for Zero," which won third place in the infection prevention and control category.

According to a release from the Georgia Hospital Association, the annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services challenged hospitals to address health care-associated infections as inexcusable outcomes in a health care setting.

Gwinnett Medical Center embraced the challenge, officials said, implementing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee isolation guidelines, which aid in the prevention of transmission of infectious agents.

"Prevention of health care-associated infections is a priority of hospitals statewide," said GHA President Joseph Parker. "We applaud Gwinnett (Medical Center) for its leadership and dedication in this critical area and its commitment to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients."

The PHA was established in 2000 to improve patient care and safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and to create healthy communities.

The GHA, established in 1929, provides education, research and risk management services to more than 170 hospital systems.