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Forrest General receives Top Quality Awards for Overall Medical and Hospital Care

Forrest General Hospital ranks in top 10 percent for Overall Medical Care. Photo source Forrest General Hospital Forrest General Hospital ranks in top 10 percent for Overall Medical Care. Photo source Forrest General Hospital
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This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital

Forrest General Hospital ranks in the Top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for medical excellence in Overall Medical Care, according to CareChex®, a division of Comparion®, an independent company recognizing the nation's best performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction.

Additionally, the hospital ranks in the Top 10% in the Nation for patient safety in Overall Medical Care and for patient safety for Overall Hospital Care and is among the Top 3% of hospitals in the Nation for patient safety in Coronary Bypass Surgery.

Dr. Thane Forthman, president and CEO of CareChex® a division of Comparion®, stated, “The environment Forrest General provides, systemically, gives the patients they treat and manage among the highest chances for successful outcomes in the United States. Forrest General is a true benchmark facility that others should try to emulate.”

“The 2015 CareChex® Award rankings highlight Forrest General's commitment to the highest quality patient care,” said Evan Dillard, president and ceo of Forrest Health. “Every day our staff strives to provide the best possible care to result in the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

Forrest General received numerous quality awards. Below is a sampling of honors:

For Medical Excellence:Cancer Care, Top 10% in the NationHip Fracture Repair, Top 100 in the NationStroke Care, Top 10% in the Nation

For Patient Safety:Heart Attack Treatment, Top 10% in the NationHip Fracture Repair, Top 100 in the Nation Stroke Care, Top 100 in the Nation Trauma Care, Top 10% in the Nation

“We are proud to have so many programs named among the best in the market, state and country,” said Stephen Farrell, M.D., Forrest General's chief medical officer. “It is a true example of our team's hard work, dedication and how focused we are on providing quality and exceptional care.”

Utilizing extensive clinical data from the Hospital Quality Alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CareChex® provides a comprehensive evaluation of all components of medical quality including:

• Process of care - measures specific processes that should be followed during heart attack and heart failure, pneumonia, outpatient procedures, surgical care and preventive care, among others.

• Outcomes of care – measures mortality and complication rates, inpatient quality indicators and patient safety indicators

• Patient satisfaction – measures overall hospital ratings, doctor and nurse communication, hospital environment, and staff responsiveness, among others.

CareChex® provides these findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care, including many Fortune 500 companies.

“CareChex® allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals,” said Forthman. “We are pleased to acknowledge that Forrest General has achieved an exceptionally high level of performance across all components of medical quality.”

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