Atlanta VA Health Care System
Atlanta VAMC Named One of Nation's Best
The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, recently named the Atlanta VA Medical Center one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures.
“We at VA are very pleased with the recognition from The Joint Commission and proud of the medical centers that made this list, proving VA’s dedication to performance measurement and accountability are placing Veterans’ health care among the top tiers of the country,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.
“I hope this news confirms American Veterans’ confidence in the care they receive or convinces others to decide to try VA health care for the first time.”
The Atlanta VA Medical Center is one of only 14% of U.S. hospitals, accredited by The Joint Commission, earning the distinction of top performer in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.
The facilities on the list were identified for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010).
Based on performance related to 22 accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, The Joint Commission report singles out hospitals in 45 states.
“This achievement highlights the dedication and commitment of our entire staff to providing quality patient centered care to all veterans for their selfless service,” said Mr. James Clark, Atlanta VA Medical Center Director.
Vicki Heggen, Atlanta’s VAMC Chief of Quality Management, pointed out the top three reasons for earning the distinction: Leadership Support, Clinical Champions and Performance Improvement Coordinators/Continuous Process Improvement Initiatives.
“This demonstrates the Atlanta VA staffs are providing care based on practices that research has shown to result in improved outcomes. It means that if you are admitted to the Atlanta VA with a heart attack, heart failure, surgery or pneumonia, you can expect your care will consistently and to a high degree include key practices that are known to improve outcomes for these conditions,” Heggen said.