May 20, 2009

VHA Award Recognizes Excellence in Treating Patients with Pneumonia

VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, has recognized Faith Regional Health Services for excellence in treating hospitalized patients with pneumonia.

"Proper prevention and treatment of pneumonia saves lives and health care dollars," said Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D., chief medical officer at VHA. “Faith Regional Health Services is a shining example of what can be achieved when a hospital's actions are guided by the pursuit of clinical excellence."

Faith Regional Health Services is one of only 20 VHA members to receive the award for pneumonia care. 

“This award validates the dedicated focus of our clinical staff and physicians to pursue excellence in the care provided to our patients,” said Rachel Knapp, CPCS, Director of Medical Staff Services and Quality.

The indicators for optimum care of pneumonia patients include:

  • Patient receives influenza vaccination
  • Staff conducts initial antibiotic selection for community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent patients, ICU patients and non ICU patients
  • Patient receives oxygenation assessment
  • Patient (adults) receives smoking cessation advice/counseling
  • Patient receives pneumococcal vaccination
  • Patients are administered initial antibiotic within four hours of hospital arrival
  • Patients have a blood culture conducted within 24-hours prior to or after hospital arrival and before administration of first antibiotic

Faith Regional Health Services is ranked in the top 10% of the nation for the Clinical Excellence Award or for the Clinical Improvement award the organization sustained the highest level of improvement for third quarter 2006 through fourth quarter 2007 – awards were based on data submitted to Joint Commission. 
“Our participation in VHA helps us achieve a higher level of performance both operationally and clinically, so we were pleased to receive this recognition,” said Rachel Knapp, CPCS, Director of Medical Staff Services and Quality.”