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PCH Early Gains Recognition for Being a Top Hospital

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Pioneer Community Hospital of Early Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early announces that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification from DNV Business Assurance Management Systems after three years of stringent accreditation guidelines. Less than 2% of the 5,723 hospitals across the United States have achieved this prestigious certification. DNV is a third party organization, often called a Registrar, that audits quality measurements set forth by ISO and found that all requirements were met. This system requires the organization to consistently provide a product that meets the patient needs throughout the entire healthcare system as well as take measured steps to improve those issues when warranted. DNV continually monitors the management system through a regiment of strict quality standards in conjunction with the facility's Quality Improvement Department.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early is the first and only critical access facility in the State of Georgia and is only one of three hospitals of all types in Georgia to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification. This type of certification is sought by all types of manufacturing and service industries but achieved by few. Companies such as Nissan, Boeing, Panasonic and Blakely's own Southern Ag Carriers have turned to ISO certification to validate their commitment to quality.

Allen Gamble, CEO of the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early summed it up by saying "this certification by a prestigious, internationally respected organization validates our commitment to providing quality healthcare in a safe environment. Our patients and nursing home residents can be assured that we are continuously improving our healthcare services. We strive to meet every one of these high standards every day." He attributes this success to the efforts of his staff. He said "I am honored to work with such a fine team of committed healthcare professionals that put forth such a great effort to achieve this certification. I see them every day working to be the very best hospital and nursing home that we can be."

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early, located in Blakely, Ga, is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital with a 9 bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit and a 117 bed Early Memorial Nursing Home. Pioneer Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010.

PCH Early Has Great Year of Awards

Pioneer Health Services of Magee, Mississippi has announced its Quality Award recipients for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The announcement came from Chris Chandler, Patient Hospital Services Director. Pioneer Community Hospital of Early was the only Pioneer facility to receive the award this quarter.

Hospital Administrator Allen Gamble stated, "I am proud of every employee, as it takes a team effort to meet the challenges and attain this level of excellence every day." To receive this award a hospital must have top scores on 210 clinical and operational criteria. In this case, one of the more important accomplishments is that the hospital scored 100% on the "core measures" that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services track to insure quality care. Kara Fenn, RN, Quality Improvement Nurse at the facility stated "the Federal Government monitors the core measures to insure that hospitals are providing quality care to patients that they serve." For example proper antibiotics should be provided with 24 hours for pneumonia patients. Fenn explained that they use these numbers to compare hospitals across the nation. Gamble added, "Pioneer Community Hospital of Early certainly ranks at the top!"

Some examples of the important items that are graded include how quickly an Emergency patient is seen by a Medical Provider, is the food temperature within acceptable ranges, are proper tests ordered for certain symptoms, is the proper paper work complete and timely, are safety checks performed monthly and are medications given timely. Other items that are reviewed measure patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and physician satisfaction. The hospital has ranked at the top in most of these categories.

At a Department Directors meeting on October 31, Gamble congratulated his Managers. "Please express my sincere thanks to all your employees. Remind them that they are the reason that such high quality care is provided here." Gamble also stated that "I am confident that we can continue this level of quality care into the coming quarters." Gamble will also thank his Medical Staff for their part in this accomplishment at the next Medical Staff meeting. Pioneer Community Hospital of Early currently has 12 Attending Staff Providers, including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants. Gamble hopes that everyone who has received this high level of quality care will also join in thanking the Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, as well as all the hospital staff for their hard work and dedication.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital with a 9 bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit located in Blakely Georgia. Pioneer Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010. The facility is nationally accredited by DNV Healthcare, and is in the process of receiving ISO 9001:2008 certification.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early Receives Another Quality Award

ATLANTA – The Georgia Hospital Association's Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) announced last week that Pioneer Community Hospital of Early was recognized as a "March to Rapid Results" award winner. The announcement cited the hospital's "continued commitment to quality and patient safety."

This project challenged hospitals to do a "rapid cycle improvement" on falls with injuries and infections related to catheter use. Pioneer Community Hospital of Early was one of 27 rural hospitals that showed improvement or met target goals for these projects. Patient safety improvements can also reduce the cost of hospital stays and readmissions. It is estimated that this project saved $27,760 to $659,140 statewide.

Earlier this year Pioneer Community Hospital of Early was named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll and was one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.

"This is just another example of our commitment to maintain the highest standard of patient care," said Allen Gamble, Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. "These awards are a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better and safer."

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital located in Blakely Georgia. Pioneer Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010. The facility is nationally accredited by DNV Healthcare.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early Places on Quality Honor Roll

ATLANTA – Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Pioneer Community Hospital of Early is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from October 2012 to September 2013.

Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital's caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.

For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital's adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

"We are pleased to recognize Pioneer's commitment to patient safety," said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA. "Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible."

"We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care," said Allen Gamble, Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. "This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better."

Pioneer Community Hospital of Early is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital located in Blakely Georgia. Pioneer Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010. The facility is nationally accredited by DNV Healthcare.