Dr. Joseph Ratchford, Medical Director of Effingham Health System and Extended Care Center, received the Medical Director Quality Award during the Georgia Medical Directors Association Symposium in Amelia Island, Florida. Each year, a Georgia nursing home medical director is recognized for his or her leadership, knowledge, and involvement in their facility’s educational and quality improvement initiatives. The award was given in partnership with GMDA, Alliant Quality and the Georgia Health Care Association.
“He is the quality champion for our care center,” said Mary Pizzino, Chief Information Officer/Executive Director of Quality at Effingham Health System and Extended Care Center. “He inspires action with team members through helping alleviate obstacles with unique perspectives on quality approaches and getting them to do what needs to be done to accomplish the tasks at hand.”
Ratchford completes weekly rounds throughout the facility, identifying infection control risks. He is instrumental in working with the medical and clinical staff in developing and implementing nurse and physician protocols such as: Foley removal, nausea and vomiting, chest pain and C- diff protocols.
He has championed performance improvement teams that focused on projects such as: consistent assignments, falls […]