Awards
Excellence at Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall

Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall has received prestigious state and national awards in health care and clinical excellence.

2015 GET WITH THE GUIDELINES® - STROKE GOLD PLUS QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WITH TARGET: STROKE HONOR ROLL


Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall Receives Quality Award from American Heart Association
Award demonstrates hospital’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall Receives Quality Award from American Heart Association
Award demonstrates hospital’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients
(Marshall, TX) -- Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) – Marshall has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke SMHonor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
 
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
 
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said GSMC-Marshall Stroke Coordinator Sandra Wagner. “Good Shepherd – Marshall is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Russ Collier, chief executive officer, GSMC- Marshall. “We are honored to receive this award for our hospital’s demonstrated commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines.”
 
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. GSMC – Marshall earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
 
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
 
“We are pleased to recognize Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”
 
For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
 
For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.
 
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
 

2015 MIDAS+ PLATINUM QUALITY AWARD


Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall Recognized as Top-performing Hospital
Award demonstrates hospital’s commitment to providing quality care.

Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall Recognized as Top-performing Hospital
Award demonstrates hospital’s commitment to providing quality care.
 
(Marshall, TX) -- Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) – Marshall has been recognized by Midas+ Solutions, A Xerox Company, as a top performing hospital in its MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award program. The award reflects achievement in quality outcomes, care efficiency and consistent delivery of evidence-based best practices in healthcare delivery.
 
GSMC – Marshall was one of just a handful of national award-winners in its size category, in Texas. To receive the Midas+ Platinum Quality Award, organizations must score in the top five percent among their eligible peers in the Midas+ Comparative Database (CDB), which consists of nearly 800 hospitals. The database compares hospitals in key areas such as non-elective readmission rates, mortality and average length-of-stay.
 
"I am extremely proud of our performance against hospitals across the country in the MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award program," says Russ Collier, chief executive officer, Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall. "But I'm even more proud of the commitment of our staff to providing our patients with the best quality of care day in and day out."
 
The Midas+ Platinum Quality Award isn't the only quality-related recognition the medical center has received recently. In February, the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded GSMC – Marshall with Advanced Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital for its exceptional ability to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care.
 
"Having our hard work recognized by prestigious organizations is an honor," says Collier. "The fact that we continue to receive national awards demonstrates the quality care we strive to provide each day and proves that some of the best healthcare in the country is available right here in our own community."
 
About Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall
Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall is the only hospital in Harrison and Marion counties and has a strong history and reputation for providing high quality, compassionate medical care. Established in 1909, Good Shepherd – Marshall is a non-profit, acute-care, 149-bed facility featuring a 24-hour Level III Trauma Center, an award winning stroke program, intensive care unit and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
 
For more information on the services offered at Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall, please visit www.GSMC.org.

ADVANCED DISEASE-SPECIFIC CARE CERTIFICATION FOR ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL


Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall Advanced Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall Advanced Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital
 
(Marshall, TX) -- Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) – Marshall announced it has earned Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Center.
 
GSMC – Marshall underwent a rigorous onsite review in November 2015 to assess its compliance with the Joint Commission’s Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements, including:
·         A dedicated stroke-focused program
·         Staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
·         Collaboration with local emergency management agencies
·         24/7 ability to perform rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing
·         Ability to administer intravenous clot-busting medications to eligible patients
·         Availability of telemedicine technology

“We are delighted to receive this important Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification,” said Russ Collier, chief executive officer, GSMC- Marshall.
 
“This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to providing a higher standard of service to stroke patients, while also addressing the gap in access to acute stroke services.”
“When it comes to a stroke diagnosis, getting medical treatment as soon as possible is critical to preventing loss of brain function, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical standards,” said GSMC-Marshall Stroke Coordinator Sandra Wagner.
 
“Currently, nearly half of the population in the United States live 60 miles or more away from a Primary Stroke Center or Comprehensive Stroke Center,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, American Stroke Association. “If patients who experience an acute ischemic stroke can get treated with clot-busting medications quickly, more lives would be saved and more patients would have improved outcomes.”
 
“This new certification acts as important bridge and will be a key component in an evolving system of stroke care,” said Wendi Roberts, RN, BA, MS, CLNC, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “A Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital will be the foundation for acute stroke care in many communities, allowing it to be the first stop on a patient’s acute stroke journey.”
 
Established in 2015, Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals. Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

GOOD SHEPHERD MEDICAL CENTER – MARSHALL EARNS ‘TOP PERFORMER ON KEY QUALITY MEASURES®’ RECOGNITION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION


Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

(Marshall, TX) -- Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Good Shepherd - Marshall was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Good Shepherd – Marshall is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.
 
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
 
This is the first year Good Shepherd – Marshall has been recognized as a Top Performer.
 
Good Shepherd – Marshall is one of only of (712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years/314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years/147 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past four consecutive years).
 
To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
 
·         Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

·         Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

·         Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.
 
“We understand what matters most to patients at Good Shepherd – Marshall is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Russ Collier, chief executive officer, Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall. “Good Shepherd – Marshall is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”
 
For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Level III Trauma Center


Level III Trauma Center

Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall is verified as a Level III Trauma Center. As verified by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, a Level III Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, revival and stabilization of injured patients. Key elements of a Level III Trauma Center include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists. The Level III program is dedicated to continued improvement in trauma care through a comprehensive quality assessment program. The Level III Trauma Center has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.