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Grays Harbor Community Hospital receives WSHA Achieving Best Care Award

Community news | Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Contact: Nancee Long

(Aberdeen, Washington – Sept. 29, 2016) – Grays Harbor Community Hospital received the Washington State Hospital Association’s 2016 Achieving Best Care Award for its success in a broad variety of patient safety measures. This is a reflection of the strong commitment of our staff to providing the best quality of care. Their hard work continues to make care safer for our patients!

“When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington State has so much to be proud of,” said WSHA Senior vice president for Patient Safety Carol Wagner. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health care delivery, and our hospitals and health systems are consistently pushing for higher achievements on more measures. We’re glad to be able to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The award recognizes sustained improvements in:

• Infections

• Falls

• Early Elective Deliveries

• Sepsis

• Pressure Ulcers

“These are all important issues to patients and their families,” Wagner said. “They’re also the focus of national efforts to improve health care delivery. We’re part of the national effort to identify and implement best practices in all care settings, and get incidences of these down to zero. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but we’re also acutely aware that the road ahead is uphill.”

About the Awards: Top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in key strategies. If the hospital does not provide a service such as obstetric services or surgery, it was not counted against them. Scoring was based on the size of the hospital, and whether the hospital was in the top 25 percent in comparison to others in their size category.

About the Washington State Hospital Association

The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing more than 100 community hospitals, health systems and other health-related organizations. The association provides a wealth of services to members, including state and federal advocacy, policy analysis, governance education, patient safety support, data analysis and more.

In 2005, WSHA launched the Patient Safety program to help hospitals improve patient safety by supporting the wide-spread adoption of evidence-based clinical practices. WSHA works to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care.

For more information about our patient safety programs, visit

About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a region of over 70,000 residents covering the 2,000 square miles of Grays Harbor County within Grays Harbor Public Hospital District II. Established in 1959, Grays Harbor Community Hospital is licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services and Family Birth Center. GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services and physician clinics. Learn more at



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Aberdeen, WA 98520