U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Gwinnett Extended Care Center (GECC) of Gwinnett Medical Center as one of the top nursing homes in the country for overall excellence in both long and short-stay patient care. Additionally, the The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Tamey Stith, administrator of GECC, with the 2013 ACHCA Facility Leadership Award.
Located at Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville, GECC includes 89 long-term care beds. In order to create the Best Nursing Homes list, U.S. News & World Report referenced data from Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The data emphasizes the top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas.
GECC received an overall 5 star rating in measures for quality control, nurse staffing and health inspections, ratings that far surpassed both state and national averages. U.S. News & World Report awarded the best nursing home designation to facilities that earned an overall rating of five stars, the federal agency”s highest ranking.
“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report of GECC asserts GMC”s achievement in providing exceptional patient care and medical treatment to metro Atlanta,”# said President and CEO Philip Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center. “The commitment of GECC staff is highly complementary of GMC”s overall mission to provide quality care and experience 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”#
Under the direction of Administrator Tamey Stith, GECC was one of only 26 nursing homes to receive the highest overall rating of five stars out of the 125 facilities recognized for quality in its respective classification in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Preview the full list of top nursing homes in the nation.
ACHCA firmly believes facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence. Stith”s leadership award was celebrated along with other winners during the awards luncheon at ACHCA”s 47th Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Fl. in April.
“Our staff is committed to providing the best care possible to patients in order to create a positive experience for both patients and their families,”# said Wolfe. “Facilitating a strong focus on family involvement for each patient, whether he or she needs short- or long-term care, is the core of the extended care center”s employee values.”#
The areas of excellence qualifying facilities must exhibit include three years of performance on the health survey, fire (life safety) survey, complaint surveys and improvement in the last two quarters in designated quality measures.
Stith”s excellent leadership has provided long-term health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful and efficient which are qualities that the ACHCA recognizes as superior.
The Gwinnett Extended Care Center bridges the gap between levels of care for patients who are well enough to leave the hospital, but not yet able to return home. The facility provides both sub-acute, short-stay services and intermediate, extended care.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care, as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC”s 4,500 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.