Columbus Midtown Medical Center penalized for Hospital Acquired Infections
Other Georgia hospitals also included on the list
Columbus, GA (WLTZ) – Columbus Regional’s Midtown Medical Center was penalized under the Affordable Care Act program tracking Hospital Acquired Infections, something one local family tells First News they are all too familiar with. The year was 2007, well before data was collected for this report when Jason Hall
says his mom checked into the hospital for breathing problems and checked out with a staph infection…commonly referred to as MRSA.
“I got there one afternoon and I saw the big florescent orange and green signs that read if you come in contact with this patient wash your hands. I think on a scale of 1 to 10 they probably explained this disease to me on a level of about 3 or 4.” said Hall
Six months later 56 year old Pamela Hall was in Hospice care. “I’d fallen asleep and the nurse come in and she said Mr. Hall, she’s gone.”
The hospital declined to comment about that particular case. Fast forward to 2017. Columbus Regional ranked on a list of worst performing in Hospital Acquired Infections that includes some of the most well know facilities in Georgia including Emory and Grady. “Maybe I’m wrong but it seems like there is something could be done so people like myself aren’t affected by this deadly disease.”
Like patients and their families , taxpayers also have a stake in what happens inside the hospital. The city is in the final 6 years of a 30 year contract with Columbus Regional to help pay for indigent care. They will receive 15 million dollars this year.
“It’s obviously a pretty sensational and disturbing report but it’s way above my pay grade. All I can deal with is what we give them through the budget process and even that is pretty much mandated by the contract we’ve had in effect for the last 20 close to 24 years.” said the City Council Budget Chairman Skip Henderson
Columbus Regional declined to give an on camera interview about the recent report issuing a written statement saying they take the measurement of healthcare seriously and the hospital has made improvements since the data was collected over two years ago.
Because the program that put a spotlight on this issue falls under the Affordable Care Act , it may no longer exist under a new administration that has vowed to repeal and replace the Healthcare program.