The Georgia Hospital Association Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Patient Safety and Quality Summit Awards to Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center in Rome for its projects that improved patient safety.

Photo caption: From left, Jon Wilson, process improvement leader, Lean Six Sigma; Christina Ridings, clinical manager, Rehabilitation Services; and Katie Wingate, clinical supervisor, Rehabilitation Services

These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

The development of a tool for leaders to assess safety risks won third place in the Hospitals/Health Systems category. This project resulted in more than 78 implemented changes to reduce harm for patients, teammates and providers. The hospital also won third place in the Specialty Hospitals category for organizing a Rehabilitation Skills Day that helped improve safety in its rehabilitation unit. That led to improvements in quality and safety outcomes, resulting in better results after patients were discharged.

“We are pleased to honor Atrium Health Floyd for their innovative approach to improving patient safety,” said Georgia Hospital Association President and CEO Caylee Noggle. “Their efforts have improved the health and wellness of the community, and we thank them for their important work in this area.”

Founded in 1929, GHA serves nearly 150 hospitals in Georgia and promotes the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all Georgia’s citizens. The mission of GHA is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems