Gaston Memorial Hospital Ranks as Top in the State

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Gaston Memorial Hospital
Ian Curcio
By focusing on patients and embracing data-driven healthcare quality initiatives, Gaston Memorial Hospital has earned national recognition among its peers while serving its patients and community. “For more than a decade, Gaston Memorial Hospital has voluntarily participated in several national quality initiatives focused on improving patient care,” says hospital spokeswoman Laura Poloniewicz. “This quality is evident in every area of our hospital.” This past March, for example, Business North Carolina magazine listed Gaston Memorial among the state’s best hospitals. It’s also among 332 hospitals nationwide that were cited by the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes excellence in nursing services. Gaston Memorial, the anchor for CaroMont Health, is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Gastonia. Founded in 1945, the hospital employs 2,700 and offers general and acute care with 435 licensed beds and more than 50 treatment rooms in the emergency department. The hospital has aimed the power of information technology at two common but potentially life-threatening bacterial infections, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile. The hospital uses a workflow management system and SafetySurveillor an infection-control data management system, to better detect, monitor and reduce these infections. A collection-management system automates the specimen collection process and uses bar coding to ensure accurate patient identification and specimen labeling, enable more efficient collections, reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. While the system’s primary purpose is to ensure patient safety, the hospital is also able to streamline communication with phlebotomists, improving their ability to respond to collection requests and ultimately improving patient, nursing and physician satisfaction with laboratory services. Gaston Memorial also participated in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration program, which measured the quality of treatments for heart attacks, coronary artery bypasses, heart failure, hip and knee replacements, and pneumonia. The hospital offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit with 16 private rooms, state-of-the-art imaging services and a cancer center that received the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award. Poloniewicz puts it this way: “The culture of our hospital has been, and continues to be, to provide the best quality health care to the communities we serve.”

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