By Press Reports
Pioneer Health Services of Magee has announced its Quality Award recipients for the 4th quarter of 2013. This year is unique because only two of the 10 hospitals in the Pioneer system have ever received this award for all four quarters in one year.For 2013 Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw in Ackerman was one of the facilities to receive this prestigious honor. The announcement from Chris Chandler, Patient Hospital Services Director, included special thanks to the Choctaw County facility for “meeting the quality expectations and winning this most important award every quarter in 2013.”
Hospital Administrator Allen Gamble stated, “I am proud of every employee, as it takes a team effort to meet the challenges and attain this level of excellence every day.”
To receive this award a hospital must have top scores on 220 clinical and operational criteria. In this case, one of the more important accomplishments is that the hospital scored 100 percent on the “core measures” that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services track to insure quality care.
Brad Huffman, RN, Quality Improvement Nurse at the facility stated “the Federal Government monitors the core measures to insure that hospitals are providing quality care to patients that they serve.” For example proper antibiotics should be provided with 24 hours for pneumonia patients. Huffman explained that they use these numbers to compare hospitals across the nation.
Gamble added, “Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw certainly ranks at the top!”
Some examples of the important items that are graded include how quickly an Emergency patient is seen by a doctor, is the food temperature within acceptable ranges, are proper tests ordered for certain symptoms, is the proper paper work complete and timely, are safety checks performed monthly and are medications given timely. Other items that are reviewed measure patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and physician satisfaction. The hospital has ranked at the top in most of these categories.
At a Department Directors meeting on February 5, Gamble congratulated his Managers.
“Please express my sincere thanks to all your employees. Remind them that they are the reason that such high quality care is provided here.” Gamble also stated that “I am confident that we can continue this level of quality care into 2014.”
Gamble will also thank his Medical Staff for their part in this accomplishment at the next Medical Staff meeting. Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw currently has 16 Attending Staff Providers, including Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.
Gamble hopes that everyone who has received this high level of quality care will also join in thanking the Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and all the hospital staff for their hard work and dedication.