Habersham Medical Center also received the Joshua Nahum First Place Award for Infection Prevention and Control. “This was a huge honor for us,” says Teri Newsome, RN and Director of Quality. “This award was presented for Habersham Medical Center’s low surgical site infection rate, which is only 0.63 percent; lower than the national average of 0.75 percent. We were nominated against other hospitals and healthcare systems across the state, regardless of size or bed count.”
Because of their focus on quality care and their commitment to excellence, Habersham Medical Center is also now included in the prestigious 2017 GHA Circle of Excellence, an honor given to Georgia hospitals and health systems that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to quality and patient safety as evidenced by earning three or more PHA Patient Safety Awards within five years. There are currently only six hospitals in the GHA Circle of Excellence: Emory University Hospital Midtown, Habersham Medical Center, Morgan Memorial Hospital, Northside Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb Hospital.
Earl V. Rogers, GHA President and CEO explains, “These annual awards recognize Georgia hospitals and healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. We applaud Habersham Medical Center for its leadership and dedication to quality and patient safety and its commitment to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients.”