Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter earns na­tional award

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Polk County Farm Bu­reau (PCFB) was rec­og­nized as one of the top county Farm Bu­reau pro­grams in the state dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 81st an­nual con­ven­tion held on Jekyll Is­land on Dec. 2 to Dec. 4.

The county chap­ter was named a fi­nal­ist for the pres­ti­gious McKemie Award - the high­est honor that a county Farm Bu­reau in the state can re­ceive - in recog­ni­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties it spon­sored dur­ing the past year to pro­mote agri­cul­ture.

PCFB was one of nine county Farm Bureaus to be rec­og­nized as a fi­nal­ist in the medium mem­ber­ship cat­e­gory. James Casey is the PCFB pres­i­dent and Chad Carl­ton is the vice pres­i­dent.

Founded in 1937, the Ge­or­gia Farm Bu­reau Fed­er­a­tion is the state’s largest gen­eral farm or­ga­ni­za­tion with 158 county chap­ters.

Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter was named a Top Ru­ral Hos­pi­tal by The Leapfrog Group, which rec­og­nized the hos­pi­tal’s ac­com­plish­ments in pa­tient safety and qual­ity care.

An­nounced on Tues­day, Dec. 4, the award is widely ac­knowl­edged as one of the most com­pet­i­tive honors Amer­i­can hos­pi­tals can re­ceive from Leapfrog, an in­de­pen­dent hos­pi­tal watch­dog or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s des­ig­na­tion as a Top Hos­pi­tal by Leapfrog ac­knowl­edges our or­ga­ni­za­tion’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing high qual­ity health care for ev­ery­one in Polk County,” said Matt Gor­man, Vice Pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate and Net­work Ser­vices for Floyd. “Our team of highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als is ded­i­cated to the pa­tients we serve and I’m ex­tremely proud of their ac­com­plish­ments.”

Among thou­sands of hos­pi­tals in the coun­try, Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter re­ceived a Top Ru­ral Hos­pi­tal dis­tinc­tion, rec­og­nized na­tion­ally along­side:

13 Top Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals

35 Top Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals

17 Top Ru­ral Hos­pi­tals

53 Top Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals “Our goal is to pro­vide the high­est level of care for those who put their trust in us ev­ery day,” said Ti­fani Ki­nard, Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter Ad­min­is­tra­tor. “Leapfrog’s recog­ni­tion is ev­i­dence that we have been suc­cess­ful in reach­ing that ob­jec­tive.

Per­for­mance across many ar­eas of hos­pi­tal care is con­sid­ered in es­tab­lish­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the award, in­clud­ing in­fec­tion rates, ma­ter­nity care and the hos­pi­tal’s ca­pac­ity to pre­vent med­i­ca­tion er­rors. The rig­or­ous stan­dards are de­fined in each year’s Top Hos­pi­tal Method­ol­ogy.

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