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Houston Healthcare Participation in Georgia Hospital Association Patient Safety Initiative Results in Better and Safer Care

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the participation of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network, or “HEN,” for its participation in the national Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative. The HEN consisted of 111 hospitals across the state. Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important three-year national initiative to improve patient safety.

The GHA HEN was one of 26 organizations in the country that contracted with the PfP project. Over the past three years, the GHA HEN’s patient safety efforts resulted in the prevention of 20,000 incidents of harm, which translates to an estimated savings of $106 million to $136 million.

“The work and dedication of our hospitals throughout this three-year initiative was remarkable,” said GHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Patten. “The HEN hospitals embraced the 'All teach. All learn' approach and adopted collaboration as a strategy. GHA and Georgia hospitals are demonstrating their commitment to improve care for all Georgians.”

Houston Healthcare, a dedicated GHA HEN participant and one of our top performing organizations, made overall improvements on several measures. Houston Medical Center’s highlights include:

  • Fifteen percent reduction in adverse drug events that prevented approximately $180,000 in avoidable cost
  • 20% reduction in readmissions in 30 days that saved the healthcare system more than $2 million in avoidable cost
  • Overall reduced adverse events by 24% which saved the healthcare system between $1.9 and $2.5 million.


Perry Hospital’s highlights include:

  • Reduced 30 day readmissions by 20% that saved the healthcare system more than $276,000
  • In the last 33 months, Perry has only had one reported catheter related UTI in their facility.

“Houston Healthcare is committed to providing quality care for our community,” stated Melinda Hartley, DNP, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Houston Healthcare. “Our staff and physicians work extremely hard to ensure our patients are provided safe, quality care. Their dedication to continuously doing the right thing is what allowed us to accomplish these improvements.”


About PHA

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.

About GHA

Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its more than 170 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.

Houston Medical Center
1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Telephone: (478) 922-4281


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Perry Hospital
1120 Morningside Drive
Perry, Georgia 31069
Telephone: (478) 987-3600

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