Walton Regional Places on Quality Honor Roll

ATLANTA – Walton Regional Medical Center in Monroe has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Walton Regional Medical Center is one of 15 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from July 2010 to June 2011.


“This is a great accomplishment for Walton Regional Medical Center,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Walton Regional staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”


Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.


For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. A suggested treatment for pneumonia is to administer an antibiotic within four hours of a patient’s arrival. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.


“It is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the right care at the right time and this recognition validates this,” said JT Barnhart, chief executive officer of Walton Regional Medical Center. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”


About Walton Regional Medical Center

Established in 1959, Walton Regional Medical Center is a 77 licensed-bed acute care facility located in Monroe, Georgia. Walton Regional is a Joint Commission accredited facility that specializes in the provision of personalized care to our community. WRMC’s staff consists of over 100 physicians and 365 employees who take pride in offering a wide range of services including a 24-hour Emergency Department, Level III Trauma, General Medical, ICU, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Level I nursery, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and additional outpatient services including a full-service laboratory, nutritional services and diagnostic imaging services.  Named in 2011 as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Walton Regional Medical Center is currently constructing a new campus in Monroe scheduled to open in April, 2012.


About PHA

The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January 2000 and sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association, is a unique statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy communities. PHA includes representation from groups like hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.