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PHA Quality and Safety Award

Second Place RAID Team (Pharmacy)

Third Place The Record Setters Demolishing Deficiencies (Health Information Management)

Bacon County Hospital Wins Third Place Award

Congratulations to Alissa Peacock, Director of Health Information Management and her team (pictured L to R) Sandra Lewis, Rachel Taylor, Candace Allen, Courtney Holmes, Autumn Cain, Alissa Peacock, Felicia Nails, Amy Carter, Taylor Harrell and Shawnee Holton for receiving the annual 2019 Georgia Hospital Association Patient Safety Award. The Health Information Management Department (Medical Records) is not generally thought of in regards to "patient safety." However, HIM's roles in data capture, validation, maintenance, information retrieval, analysis and reporting all link directly back to the culture of patient safety. The ability to measure the quality of patient care accurately and efficiently is crucial to providing the best care possible. Proper documentation is an important component of reducing infection rates, preventing adverse effects, standardizing treatments, and further improving patient quality of care. Through the use of timely and accurate documentation healthcare associated infections, falls and other associated events can be more quickly identified, tracked and eliminated. In keeping with this mindset our Team initiated a project tracking patient safety through in depth chart analysis. Goals and objectives were to promote the best possible continuation of care for our patients by streamlining current essential documentation processes. This project was especially pertinent in regards to patient advocacy. Patient advocates is a community of medical professionals who other health care providers, employers and patients count on to navigate the health care system. In regards to Health Information Management; patient advocates are called on to review and understand medical records. Therefore, it becomes our direct responsibility to ensure that each document in the patients visit has the content necessary to provide a complete "picture"' of the patients visit to our facility. The entire team was excited and honored to receive this award and are encouraged to not only follow through but to build upon these processes in the future.