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University Leads State in Clinical Quality February 1, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jan. 31, 2008 – University Hospital is being recognized by peer hospitals across the state as the leader in clinical quality.

University Hospital’s emphasis on improving the quality of patient care has put them at the top of Georgia’s hospitals, according to University’s Chief Medical Officer, William Farr, M.D.

According to a recent analysis by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), University is the top in the state when it comes to measures of care in key areas, such as treatment of pneumonia, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

“University is first in global quality scores among 28 hospitals in Georgia with more than 300 beds,” said Dr. Farr said. “Global scores” refers to 20 combined measures in the treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia tracked by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.

“In fact our global scores for these combined measures, are about 85.5 percent -- the best among peer hospitals,” Dr. Farr said. That’s more than 20 points higher than the state average for that measure.

University also ranks well above the state and national average in the Appropriateness of Care Measure, which tracks 10 combined measures. University’s 92.7 percent score places them above average in all but one of the 50 states.

University is also a leader in clinical quality when compared to other local hospitals. They are the only one that is doing better than expected in key quality areas according to a national database compiled by The Joint Commission.

Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. GHA has sought their leadership in improving quality statewide. As a result, University President and CEO Larry Read and Board Chairman R. Lee Smith Jr. made a presentation at GHA’s recent Trustee Conference on the governing board’s responsibility to provide leadership regarding clinical quality.

But according to Dr. Farr, “this doesn’t mean it is time to rest on our laurels.

Our goal is to be in the top 10 percent for Joint Commission hospital performance in all core measures by Dec. 31, 2008.”


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