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University Only Georgia Hospital Honored
for Exceeding National Quality Standards
November 9, 2011

Nov. 9, 2011

Media contact: Rebecca Sylvester
706.828-2394 706.955-3300 rsylvester@uh.org

University Only Georgia Hospital Honored
for Exceeding National Quality Standards

Augusta, GA – A national expert on critical care medicine visited University Hospital today to honor them and learn what led to their tremendous strides in eliminating ventilator-acquired pneumonia.

The Secretary of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Carol Thompson, ACNP, PhD, DNP, FCCM, said she came to University “to personally congratulate you on this honor.” She also toured the critical care areas and held roundtable discussions with patient care teams.

Dr. Thompson is traveling the country commending hospitals who have received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award through the Critical Care Societies Collaborative National Awards Program. The awards recognize achievements in eliminating health care-associated infections.

Only 37 awards were distributed nationwide. University received the highest honor – the Outstanding Achievement Award – and was the only hospital in Georgia to be recognized.

The award came because University has not experienced a ventilator-associated pneumonia in a year due to intense clinical teamwork across many areas.

“That’s huge,” Dr. Thompson said. “Extended episodes of suffering and even lives have been saved through their efforts.”

Health care-associated infections are infections that are acquired while patients are receiving medical treatment for other conditions. At any given time, about 1 in every 20 patients has an infection related to their hospital care. These infections lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives. In addition, healthcare-associated infections can have devastating emotional, financial and medical consequences.

“These awards strive to motivate clinicians, hospital executives and facilities to improve clinical practice so the health care community can not only reduce, but eventually eliminate health care-associated infections,” says Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN director of professional practice and programs. “The awards recognize teams of critical care professionals whose notable achievements lead the way toward achieving this goal.”

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