Gwinnett Medical Center Focused on Evolving Patient Care

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Gwinnett Medical CenterRecognized by Healthgrades”# as one of America”s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is committed to transforming healthcare in the Gwinnett community. With roots that go back more than 60 years, GMC has hospitals and support facilities in Lawrenceville and Duluth, offering both specialty care and a full continuum of wellness services. As they continue to grow and expand, Gwinnett Medical Center strives to put the care of their patients in the forefront.

Ranks Top in Stroke, Pulmonary and Critical Care”#
Gwinnett Medical Center was recently ranked for a third consecutive year as a top hospital in the state for patient outcomes for stroke, pulmonary and critical care, according to a new report from Healthgrades. GMC is the only hospital system in Georgia to receive the Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards for Stroke, Pulmonary and Critical Care for multiple years.

“I am so proud of the commitment that our physicians and associates have made to providing superior care to our patients and gratified to see how that commitment results in outstanding clinical performance,”# said GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe, after receiving the results of the report. “Healthgrades provides an invaluable public service and we strive continually to deliver excellent medical care and maintain the designation as top hospitals for treating these serious illnesses both in our region, and the state.”#

The results come from the report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades to the Nation, which evaluates how about 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

Expands Oncology Services Through Center for Cancer Care”#
Gwinnett Medical Center also recently partnered with Suburban Hematology Oncology Associates P.C., located in Lawrenceville, Duluth and Snellville, to establish a new integrated cancer care network: The Center for Cancer Care, a service of Gwinnett Medical Center.

The newly formed Center for Cancer Care results from a strengthened relationship between GMC and the physicians of Suburban Hematology Oncology Associates P.C. Practicing physicians include Allan Freedman, MD, Christopher Hagenstad, MD, Anthony M. Landis, DO, Aldemar Montero MD, Kevin H. Peacock, MD, Alexander Saker, Jr., MD, P. Ravi Sarma, MD and Satvir Singh, MD.

“The venture allows us to build on our individual strengths and together set new goals for continuing to improve our services for patients and families living with cancer into the future,”# said (a Suburban Hematology doctor). “Over time we hope this takes the form of a more seamless system of care and also additional access to services that are needed in our region,”# said Anthony M. Landis, DO.

Patients can expect the same experienced physicians and staff of Suburban Hematology Oncology Associates P.C., as well as the same infusion/injection services, including chemotherapy, hydration, and other IV therapies. The Center for Cancer Care, a service of Gwinnett Medical Center, has offices in Lawrenceville, Duluth and Snellville.

Streamlining Processes to Improve Stroke Patients” Outcomes
Along with their Healthgrades acknowledgements, Gwinnett Medical Center has also received the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) Door to Needle Time (DTN) Award for 2013. The Door to Needle Time Award recognizes GMC for meeting this “golden hour”# for stroke care and having a 20 percent decrease in door to needle time.

GMC is one of only five hospital systems in the Georgia Coverdell Registry to receive this award for improvement, and one of only nine hospital systems in the state to achieve this 60-minute DTN level of stroke care.

“During a stroke, every minute means 1.9 million neurons, or brain processing cells, are lost,”# said Susan Gaunt, MS, APRN, GMC”s Stroke Program Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Specialist.#”So time is really brain. That is why it is critical to call 911 if you think you are having a stroke.”#

Door to needle time refers to the time it takes to evaluate and administer tPA, a clot-busting drug that can potentially minimize or reverse the effect of stroke. This evaluation includes a thorough history, physical exam, CT scan, lab tests, and interpretion of the results to see if the patient meets criteria for tPA.

As part of GMC”s continuum of stroke care, the emergency departments at both GMC-Lawrenceville and GMC-Duluth improved door to needle time through streamlining internal processes. This is part of GMC”s on-going effort to improve quality of care for patients.

Bariatric Surgery Center Receives National Accreditation”#
Hospital accreditations are tremendously important to the both healthcare system and patients because they accurately assess the level of performance of the medical center. Gwinnett Medical Center”Duluth recently received a new top-level national accreditation for its Center for Surgical Weight Management (CSWM).

CSWM facility was certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center after meeting the essential criteria and institutional performance measures outlined in the national Bariatric Survey Center Network (BSCN) accreditation program. The Center is one of only about 15 locations in Georgia to achieve a fully accredited status.

“We are proud to receive full Level 1 accreditation for our bariatric surgery services,”# said Lea Bay, president, Gwinnett Medical Center”Duluth. “Our surgeon and staff strive to help our patients achieve the best outcomes possible and ultimately meet their health goals. This accreditation affirms our commitment to quality and best practices.”#

American College of Surgeons (ACS) BSCN accreditation provides confirmation to the public that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its voluntary commitment to providing the highest quality care by undergoing onsite verification where experienced bariatric surgeons compare the center”s structure, process and quality of data against stringent guidelines.

The Center for Surgical Weight Management provides the hospital resources necessary for optimal care for morbidly obese patients and the support and resources to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, including pre- and post-surgery and beyond.

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