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Tift Regional receives award

June 5, 2005

Tifton-- A South Georgia hospital is recognized nationally for it's healthcare innovations.

Tift Regional Medical Center has received the 2005 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence. Tift Regional is the only Georgia hospital to be recognized for the honor. The award was given for the operating room's initiative to minimize infections in total knee replacements.

"We're very proud and it took teamwork, not just for the surgical services staff and operating room but for all of the nursing units upstairs. We're proud hospital wide," says Director of Surgical Services Tonia Garrett, RN.

"Hospitals like Tift Regional have really strived to improve and minimize patient safety and medical errors and we feel like an award like this just validates our efforts," says Tift Regional's Director of Marketing Chris Efaw.

VHA Inc. is a national health care provider alliance based in Texas. To qualify for the award, hospitals had to meet an 80 percent compliance level. Tift Regional achieved at least a 90 percent or more on all indicators.

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