A new agreement will combine the cancer services of a regional clinic with the medical and administrative services of WellStar Health System at six locations throughout north Georgia.

Patients are now admitted up to 46 percent faster from WellStar Paulding Hospital’s Emergency Department.

The hospital collaborated with Vizient MidSouth, an organization which helps hospitals improve healthcare outcomes, to make the department more efficient. As a result, Vizient awarded the hospital one of its Top Performer awards for decreasing patient admission time.

“There were multiple processes we could have chosen to work on with Vizient,” said Jan Faulkner, director of nursing and outpatient services for Paulding Hospital. “Since 95 percent of our admitted patients come through our (Emergency Department), we chose to focus on decreasing the amount of time patients wait before transferring to an inpatient room. Improvement in this area will increase our patients’ safety comfort and overall experience.”

Working together with the Vizient ED Throughout Performance Improvement Collaborative, members like Paulding Hospital benefit from collaboration with regional and national partners. Face-to-face meetings, webinars and conference calls were used to relay information from leading practice experts.

“Our team members took initiative in creating and maintaining our new process,” said Bobbi Jazdzewski, manager of Emergency Services for Paulding Hospital. “We are so appreciative of their commitment to quality and safety. They led this change to make a positive impact on our patients’ experience.”

In addition to this recognition from Vizient, Paulding Hospital recently received one of only 14 “A” grades in Georgia from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This is the hospital’s third consecutive A grade for safety.

Vizient is a membership alliance for nonprofit healthcare providers that exists to ensure its members deliver cost-effective care by connecting them with the knowledge, solutions and expertise that accelerate performance.

WellStar Health System includes WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Atlanta Medical Center; WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South; WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital); and WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. For more information, visit wellstar.org.

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