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St. Francis wins award for infection prevention

St. Francis Hospital has won the Josh Nahum First Place Award for Special Achievement in Infection Prevention and Control from the Georgia Hospital Association/Partnership for Health and Accountability.

The Columbus hospital was recognized for putting measures in place to improve outcomes and reduce the chance of infection for surgery patients. This project — called the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery-Surgical Site Infection Prevention project — followed guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-Surgical Care Improvement Project initiative.

Because of the project, St. Francis has achieved a zero percent deep sternal wound infection rate.

St. Francis officially accepted the award last week.

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