COVID 19 Infusions, Pediatric CT Dosing Recognized
ATLANTA, January 13, 2023 – Atrium Health Floyd has received two Patient Safety and Quality Summit awards from the Georgia Hospital Association Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA).
Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center was awarded first place in the Critical Access Hospitals category for a project that involved minimizing computed tomography (CT) dosing for pediatric patients.
“Treatment of younger patients requires specialized care and precise medical judgment to ensure their safety," said Georgia Hospital Association President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We applaud Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center on this award and thank them for their efforts to ensure the safest and best possible care for their patients."
The dosing award was based on successful efforts to lower the amount of radiation received by pediatric patients when they receive CT scans.
Atrium Health Floyd received third place in the Hospitals/Health Systems category for a project that involved implementing COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion treatment for COVID-19 patients at Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center, Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center and Atrium Health Floyd Cherokee Medical Center.
“Since the pandemic, hospitals have had to rapidly provide the newest treatments, yet still ensure they are administered in the most appropriate and safest way possible," Rogers said. “We applaud Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center for its success in this area and thank them for their efforts to ensure the safest and best possible care for their patients."
The monoclonal antibody infusions, given to patients soon after they discovered they had COVID, cut hospitalization rates for patients with mild to moderate cases .
Dr. Sheila Bennett, senior vice president and chief of patient services at Atrium Health Floyd, explained that what is impressive about these awards is the winners are selected by quality and safety professionals from other Georgia hospitals.
“The CT dosing project is at its foundation a patient safety initiative and the care provided is now much safer and routine," said Bennett. She also said that the monoclonal antibodies team “worked tirelessly to provide service to our community, to give individuals at the most risk for adverse outcomes related to COVID-19 a fighting chance."
The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), an affiliate of GHA, was established in January 2000 to improve patient care and patient safety in hospitals and other health care facilities and create healthy communities.
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. GHA represents its members before the General Assembly and Congress, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association. For more information, please call 770-249-4500 or visit gha.org.
About Atrium Health Floyd
The Atrium Health Floyd family of health care services is a leading medical provider and economic force in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Atrium Health Floyd is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the fifth-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. At the center of these services is Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center, a 304-bed full-service, acute care hospital and regional referral center. Atrium Health Floyd employs more than 3,5 00 employees who provide care in over 40 medical specialties at three hospitals: Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia; Atrium Health Floyd Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama; Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Georgia, as well as Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Behavioral Health, a freestanding 53-bed behavioral health facility, also in Rome; and a primary care and urgent care network with locations throughout the service area of northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.