(Dec. 1, 2015, Tifton, Ga.) – Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) announced that Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission and TRMC and Cook Medical Center have been named top 10 medium-sized Georgia Hospitals by Georgia Trend magazine.
“Tift Regional Health System is committed to performance improvement,” said William T. Richardson, TRHS President/CEO. “These recognitions validate the efforts of our physicians, nurse, therapists, technicians and support staff to foster a culture of safety and quality.”
TRMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s recently-released 2015 annual report titled America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety for attaining and sustaining excellence for heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, scoring 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures. TRMC is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of 3,300 eligible hospitals nationwide to achieve the Top Performer distinction. It is the second year-in-a-row that TRMC has been named a Top Performer by the Joint Commission. Out of the 1,043 hospitals that received the Top Performer designation, only 665 reached this status two years-in-a-row.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
In its December 2015 issue, Georgia Trend magazine named TRMC and Cook Medical Center top 10 medium-sized hospitals as part of the magazine’s annual Top Hospital Rankings. This is the fourth year-in-row that TRMC has been ranked in the top 10 medium-sized hospital category and a first for Cook Medical Center, which was acquired by TRHS in 2012. TRMC was ranked no. 8 and Cook Medical Center was ranked no. 10. Georgia Trend used publicly available data on quality indicators and patient satisfaction to determine the rankings.
“What an honor for both of our acute care facilities to be ranked in the top 10,” said Richardson. “This, along with the Joint Commission distinction, really acknowledges the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire staff to make positive patient outcomes a priority through evidence-based care processes.”
In addition to the Joint Commission accreditation process, TRHS has volunteered to be surveyed for quality measures by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit coalition of large U.S. employers and health-care purchasers. In October, the Leapfrog Group awarded TRMC an A grade for its efforts to keep patients safe from infections, errors and accidents.
In September, VHA Georgia presented TRMC a 2015 VHA Leadership Award at the organization’s annual expo in Atlanta. TRMC won first place in the 150-349 bed hospital category for its team approach in reducing surgical infection rates and improving outcomes specific to colon procedures. VHA Georgia is an alliance of not-for-profit hospitals offering a clinical and financial information exchange, collective supply chain contracting and synergetic services.
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About Tift Regional Health System
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is a not-for-profit hospital system serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia. The TRHS flagship hospital, Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), is a 181-bed regional referral center located in Tifton. Cook Medical Center in Adel is a 60-bed acute care hospital which includes a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit. Cook Medical Center also comprises of Cook Senior Living, a 95-bed nursing home. Other TRHS services include the TRMC West Campus, an outpatient center in Tifton with physician offices and diagnostic services. Tift Regional Physician Group consists of hospital-owned physician clinics located throughout the region. Visit www.tiftregional.com for additional information.