As the premier provider of comprehensive health services in the West Georgia and East Alabama regions, WellStar West Georgia Medical Center has been honored for its achievements in many areas of patient care.
For the past two years, West Georgia Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. WGMC was named to the list in both 2016 and 2017.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. 100 Top Hospitals researchers use risk-adjusted methodologies to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the CMS Hospital Compare reports.
Becker’s Hospital Review, one of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare publications, named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center to its 2016 and its 2017 national list of “100 Great Community Hospitals.” WGMC was one of only three community hospitals in Georgia to receive this honor in both 2016 and 2017.
Becker’s has published a version of the list annually since 2011. This is the sixth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of the list, Becker’s defines a “community hospital” as one with fewer than 550 beds without large teaching programs.
The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations.
The American Hospital Association's Health Forum named West Georgia Medical Center to the list of the 2017 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. The "Most Wired" designation is a result in part from WGMC's having an Electronic Health Record system that is integrated with patient monitoring devices and a medical information technology software program from Intelligent Medical Objects, a developer of medical terminology solutions. This collaboration provides seamless mapping of clinician-friendly diagnosis and procedure terminologies to billing codes and medical concepts. WGMC’s Information Services department also earned the 2017 “Most Wired” designation for building electronic orders for providers, DrFirst for e-prescribing, and a patient portal accessible from outside the hospital.
Survey results also placed WGMC in 2016 on the "Most Wired's Most Improved" list for the advances it has made in leveraging technology that assists clinicians in providing the best possible patient care. The designation is a result of strides made in electronic connectivity and documentation, including the use of electronic health records, e-prescribing, electronic order sets and discharge routines.
The CareChex® rating service ranked WellStar West Georgia Medical Center #2 of 114 Georgia hospitals and #70 of 3,931 U.S. hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Hospital Care for 2017.
In addition, WellStar WGMC ranked #2 of 114 Georgia hospitals and #103 of 3,817 U.S. hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care, as well as #4 of 94 Georgia hospitals and #133 of 3,311 U.S. hospitals for Overall Surgical Care.
The 2017 CareChex Medical Excellence Awards rank WGMC in the top 10 Georgia hospitals offering the following service lines:
Cardiac Care – #6 of 126 hospitals
Gastrointestinal Care – #5 of 121 hospitals
Heart Attack Treatment – #2 of 93 hospitals
Heart Failure – #7 of 124 hospitals
Orthopedic Care – #4 of 94 hospitals
Pulmonary Care – #9 of 127 hospitals
Women’s Health – #5 of 80 hospitals;
For the 2016 CareChex Medical Excellence Awards, West Georgia Medical Center ranked:
► #45 of 3,917 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 113 Georgia hospitals for Overall Hospital Care
► #66 of 3,811 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 113 Georgia hospitals for Overall Medical Care
► #47 of 3,331 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 97 Georgia hospitals for Overall Surgical Care
► #90 of 1,414 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 39 Georgia hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
► #16 of 4,273 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 125 Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care
► #73 of 4,204 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 120 Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
► #58 of 3,180 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 94 Georgia hospitals for General Surgery
► #59 of 2,314 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 67 Georgia hospitals for Major Bowel Procedures
For the 2016 CareChex Patient Safety Awards, WGMC ranked:
► #46 of all U.S. hospitals and #2 of all Georgia hospitals for Overall Hospital Care
► #63 of all U.S. hospitals and #4 of all Georgia hospitals for Overall Surgical Care
► #51 of all U.S. hospitals and #3 of all Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care
► #72 of all U.S. hospitals and #4 of all Georgia hospitals for General Surgery
In addition, WGMC ranked among the top 10 percent of all U.S., Southern Region and Georgia hospitals for Medical Excellence in these clinical categories:
In addition, WGMC ranked in the top 10 percent of all U.S., Southeastern region and Georgia hospitals for Patient Safety in these clinical categories:
2012 Award for Excellence in Patient Care for Outpatient Services at the WGMC Women’s Health Center
West Georgia Health was named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
West Georgia Medical Center has achieved the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes West Georgia Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
Twin Fountains Home, one of West Georgia Medical Center’s skilled nursing facilities, has achieved the Alliant GMCF Georgia Quality Award for improving the quality of health care for Georgians. Twin Fountains is one of only 20 nursing facilities in Georgia to receive this honor, which was based on quality care assessments combined with resident satisfaction scores. Twin Fountains Home scored higher than average.
*These rankings are based on independent research conducted by CareChex®, a division of Comparion®. Comparion determines these rankings via its National Quality Rating Database which includes virtually all general, acute, non-federal U.S. hospitals and incorporates the most recent three years of federal fiscal year data. To learn more, visit www.carechex.com.
**The Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that has worked with more than 800 hospitals nationwide.