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North Carolina hospital wins award for case-management services

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 4, 2009

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A collaborative approach to managing patients has earned the Carolinas Medical Center, an 847-bed Charlotte, N.C., Level I trauma center, the 2009 Franklin Award of Distinction.

The award, handed out April 20 by the Joint Commission and the American Case Management Assn., recognizes the medical center's 24-hour, on-site case-management services. The hospital's interdisciplinary strategy involves physicians, nurses and social workers.

The Carolinas Medical Center demonstrates "how effective case management can improve the quality of health care," Jean Range, RN, the Joint Commission's executive director of disease-specific care certification, said in a statement. The center's "use of data goes beyond outcomes, and is utilized to gain a better understanding of progression-of-care issues. Their initiatives improve and promote solutions to advance case management practices."

The award -- handed out annually to recognize one hospital's excellence in clinical case management -- is named for Benjamin Franklin, co-founder of the first organized hospital in the United States.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/05/04/prbf0504.htm.

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