Emory Eastside gets award for care

SNELLVILLE — Emory Eastside Medical Center is one of 16 hospitals statewide to be placed in the chairman’s category of the Georgia Hospital Association’s quality honor roll for acute care.

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Data used for the honor was collected from January 2009 through December 2009.

The chairman’s category is the highest level on the list.

“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time, and this recognition validates this,” said Emory Eastside CEO Kim Ryan. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”

Data accumulated by CMS details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia.

All acute care hospitals are required to submit data to CMS, which determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time.

“This is a great accomplishment for Emory Eastside,” said GHA president Joseph Parker. “This recognition underscores the commitment of the Emory Eastside staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”

Emory Eastside will break ground on a new medical office building and emergency department expansion at the end of the month. A new patient tower is in the works for coming years.