Hospital rated city’s best for cardiac care

Piedmont Hospital has been recognized as Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery for 2008, according to The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study.

The HealthGrades study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated, and hospitals were assigned a one-star (poor), three-star (as expected), or five-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.

HealthGrades is the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

Piedmont Hospital is the only metro Atlanta hospital to attain both the Cardiac Care and the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awards and one of only 108 hospitals in the country to earn the distinction. Overall cardiac care includes performance in numerous cardiovascular services, including care for patients with heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), valve surgery, interventional cardiology, and heart failure.

Tom Arnold is named Piedmont Hospital CFO

Tom Arnold has been named chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Piedmont Hospital, replacing Charlie Hall who was recently appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Piedmont Healthcare.

Among his responsibilities, Arnold oversees the overall financial performance and all aspects of the day-to-day fiscal management of Piedmont Hospital, including financial strategic initiatives, revenue cycle improvements, supply chain enhancements and access to care.

Arnold’s hospital background and experience are extensive, including vice president of finance and CFO of Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers.

As a certified public accountant, Arnold lives with his wife, Juli, and daughter, Quinn, in McDonough, Georgia.

Osborne joins Piedmont Healthcare as service VP

Piedmont Healthcare (PHC) has named Susan Osborne, R.N., vice president of service excellence, as part of its commitment to patient and employee satisfaction. She will implement efforts to enhance and strengthen the relationship between Piedmont Healthcare and all of its customers, internally and externally..

“Susan brings a wealth of hospital leadership and operations experience to Piedmont, having served as a registered nurse for more than 25 years,” said R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare.

Prior to joining Piedmont, Osborne worked with the Studer Group, where she coached large academic centers and physicians to help them improve the patient experience.