From left: AHS Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer Loran Hauck, MD, Huguley Vice President of Patient Care Services Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, Huguley Chief Medical Officer Ed Laue, MD, and AHS Senior VP/Chief Clinical Officer Carlene Jamerson
Huguley Memorial Medical Center received an award for ranking first among 43 hospitals in Adventist Health System for management of hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugar. The award was presented to Huguley at the annual Adventist Health System Chief Nursing Officer conference.
"More than ten percent of adults have diabetes, and it's estimated that up to 25% of hospital patients have diabetes. Whether they enter the hospital through the emergency room or for a scheduled surgery, it's quite common to find high blood sugar levels, which further compromise the patient's health. By managing the blood sugar, the patient benefits," says Sharon Washburn, RN, MS, MBA, patient safety officer and administrative director of Huguley.
Research indicates that better control of hyperglycemia in the hospital:
• decreases length of stay
• decreases illness complications, including infections
• reduces healthcare costs
• improves wound healing rates
• decreases short- and long-term risk of mortality
• decreases likelihood of kidney failure.
Huguley has a dedicated hyperglycemia nurse who educates, advises and serves as a resource on inpatient diabetic management to all the staff and departments that provide diabetes care, including nurses and physicians, the pharmacy, and the nutrition department. She also counsels inpatients on how to better manage diabetes and works closely with the outpatient diabetes educators for the continuum of patient care.
Huguley also tests the blood sugar level of every patient prior to surgery to identify hyperglycemic patients.
This approach to hyperglycemia management is another in a series of recent process improvements to enhance patient care and safety by using evidence-based best practices at Huguley. These include the process of care measures tracked by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services for congestive heart failure, pneumonia, heart attack, and surgical procedures.
About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System, the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation, was founded in 1973 to support and strengthen Seventh-day Adventist health care organizations in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the United States. Today, Adventist Health System supports 43 campuses and employs 55,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits. Adventist Health System, a not-for-profit health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, emphasizes Christ at the center of care. For more information about Adventist Health System visit http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com/.
About Huguley Memorial Medical Center
This year, Huguley Memorial Medical Center celebrates its 35th anniversary and its recent affiliation with Texas Health Resources. Now operated as a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System, Huguley believes that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Huguley includes a 223-bed acute care hospital, two intensive care units, bone and joint center, open heart surgery center, behavioral health center, women’s services, emergency department and a fitness center. More than 350 primary care and specialty physicians on the medical staff provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. For more information, call 817-293-9110, visit www.huguley.org or find Huguley on facebook.