Polk Medical Center earns national award
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.