From left, Healthgrades Southeast Regional Director Jason Mione presents the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award to Dr. Dan Martin, medical director of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s vascular program and Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick on Thursday. This is Phoebe’s fourth year receiving the award.
ALBANY, Ga. — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital celebrated on Thursday its official receipt of its Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award for being ranked No. 1 in vascular surgery in Georgia this year.
“Certainly the No. 1 ranking is an honor, but how do we achieve it?,” said Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick during Thursday’s reception program. “We achieve it by having a dedicated group of individuals.
“I could not be prouder of our cardiac and vascular team.”
Phoebe was recently ranked No. 1 in Georgia for vascular surgery, according to “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation.”
“I believe that the vascular surgery team’s focus on quality initiatives has been key in achieving this recognition,” said Dr. Dan Martin, medical director of the vascular program. “We are protocol driven because we know improvement requires consistency. A team approach to care allows us to manage cases with clinical outcomes in mind.”
“This is a huge accomplishment for Phoebe and the whole (vascular) team. It recognizes the hard work as a team that we put in. It shows that it is no matter if you are staying in a small hometown hospital (or at a bigger facility).”
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data they submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured, officials say.
“This award recognizes the tremendous leadership and dedication to improving the quality of care for the patients that choose Phoebe,” said Healthgrades Southeast Regional Director Jason Mione. “I think we can all agree that the real winners are the patients and community that this hospital serves.”
Mione presented the award to Martin and Wernick at Thursday’s reception — in the rotunda of the Phoebe Medical Tower II — with members of the hospital’s vascular team present.
In so doing, he noted that the award puts Phoebe within the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for this field in 2013.
Word first came down of the honor in January. This is the fourth year in a row that Phoebe has received this award, officials at the hospital say.