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How Do You Judge Quality?

Why should you care about quality of care? Because the quality of the hospital and the doctor(s) you choose can have a direct impact on your health. The key elements of quality care — including clinical experience, exceptional patient safety, continuous process review and evidenced-based medicine, excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction — all contribute to medicine beyond measure at Tanner.

How do you measure hospital quality? Consider these questions:

Are Tanner hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission?
Yes. All Tanner Health System hospitals, Willowbrooke at Tanner, Tanner Home Health and Tanner Hospice Care have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s (TJC’s) national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. An independent, not-for-profit organization, TJC accredits and certifies more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Learn more >

Are Tanner hospitals highly rated by any national, independent organizations?
Media and consumer groups often publish guides to hospitals and healthcare choices in various cities. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution publishes the AJC Hospital Checkup. You can call the Georgia Department of Public Health or the Georgia Hospital Association for more information. We also invite you to ask your doctor what he or she thinks about any Tanner hospital.

Has Tanner and its hospitals received any awards or other recognitions?
Tanner Health System and the hospitals that comprise it have won numerous awards and recognitions, including being named to Truven Health Analytics’ 15 Top Health Systems list four times. Learn more >

Does your doctor have privileges at a Tanner hospital?
Ask if your doctor if has privileges at a Tanner hospital. This will determine whether he or she is permitted to admit patients to a Tanner hospital. If not, you may decide to seek the care of another doctor.

Does Tanner continuously review and improve its quality of care and patient satisfaction?
Continuous quality improvement is a quality review process that encourages all healthcare team members to continuously ask these questions: “How are we doing?” and “Can we do it better?” At Tanner, this process is built into all aspects of the quality health care that we provide. However, while we strive to provide the highest quality care for every patient, every time, it's always possible to improve quality, and that’s a key part of Tanner’s Mission, Vision and Values.

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