Because of its accomplishments in the patient safety arena during 2012, Wayne County and Jesup’s own Wayne Memorial Hospital has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network’s Chairman’s Circle. The honor is the second highest in network’s recognition program and places the hospital in the 90th percentile or above. Only 13 other Georgia hospitals in the network finished in the Chairman’s Circle.
“Thanks to the leadership and commitment of the staff at Wayne Memorial, we are well on our way to achieving these significant, life-saving goals,” says Joseph Parker, President and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association. Wayne Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Ierardi adds, “The honor of being selected to the Chairman’s Circle reaffirms our physicians and employees’ efforts of providing world-class health care each day to each patient. As always, patient safety is our top priority and we will continue to push forward with improvements.”
The Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) is a national contract awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which engages hospitals across the country to improve patient safety and quality, and achieve lower costs. The goal of the HEN is to reduce unnecessary readmissions by 20% and avoidable harm by 40%. Georgia Hospital Association’s Research and Education Foundation (GHAREF) is one of the 26 organizations in the United States to be awarded this CMS contract. Funding supports vigorous educational activities, quality improvement initiatives, and other resources to help Georgia hospitals. The potential savings from this program is upwards of $300,000,000 in Georgia for just five of the hospital acquired conditions.