SMALL HOSPITAL OF THE YEAR!
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals honors outstanding community contributions
(Greensboro, GA) – St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital was named 2014 Small Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (the Alliance) at its 31st Annual Conference on October 16.
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital was recognized for its growth and investment of $48 million in the health of the greater Greene County area with the opening of its new replacement Critical Access hospital to better fit the needs of the community. The new state-of-the-art hospital has not only directly improved the health of the community, but has also benefitted the greater Greene County area by playing an important role in attracting other health care business.
In 2013, the hospital was designated as the first hospital to be a Remote Treatment Stroke Center by the Office of EMS/Trauma in the Georgia Department of Public Health because of the continued commitment to excellence in stroke care. Through funding to the hospital’s Capital Campaign, community members are able to receive more care locally, along with receiving care sooner. The hospital uses the Georgia Regents University’s (GRU) REACH stroke telehealth system allowing administration of tPA to three stroke patients to date, providing them with this time-critical treatment at least an hour sooner than they could receive it if visiting a larger hospital for care.
Additional state of the art technology includes telemetric patient monitoring throughout the hospital, suites with the latest equipment and technology, lift equipment for patient, and staff safety, Stryker beds. The facility is helping to reduce incidences and the impact of strokes on individuals in Georgia and ultimately, protecting and improving the health and lives of individuals throughout the state.
“For its contributions to the Greensboro community, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals is proud to recognize St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital,” said Alliance President, Monty Veazey. “We are honored to highlight non-profit hospitals with a deep commitment to improving the health of their communities through innovative change and fresh ideas.”
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital has also been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States for quality by the National Rural Health Association for two years in a row. Additionally, the hospital continues to be ranked on the HGA/PHA Core Measures Honor Roll and most recently has been named to the Chairman’s Category, the highest level of recognition.
The health of the entire Greensboro community and access to quality care is a high priority to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. In 2013, the hospital provided $1.9 million in total community benefits, including charity care, the unpaid cost of Medicaid, partnerships with the local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), TenderCare Clinic and participation in numerous community events and health education opportunities.
About the Hospital of the Year Award
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals’ Hospital of the Year is an annual competition that spotlights the important value of Georgia’s community hospitals. Submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges from global communications agency Porter Novelli, focusing on initiatives that support direct patient access, improved access to underserved populations, major economic development initiatives, major quality-of-life initiatives and extraordinary community benefits.
About the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) has been working for the best interests of community not-for-profit hospitals and Georgia’s health care consumers since its founding in 1983. The Alliance works to foster goodwill among community health care professionals; to advocate the enactment of sound laws, rules and regulations affecting community hospitals; to conduct and disseminate research; and to share ideas that improve the health care delivery system in Georgia.
About St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital is guided by the St. Mary’s Health Care System mission of improving the health of the people of our communities. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital is a 25-bed acute care critical access hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, serving the Greensboro and greater Greene County areas of East Georgia. The hospital offers a wide range of services including general surgery and a 24-hour emergency department. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital brings you specialty services close to home, provided by a network of board certified physicians.