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Southern Regional earns Gold Standard Accolade for Resuscitation Quality Improvement

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Southern Regional earns Gold Standard Accolade for Resuscitation Quality Improvement

RQI Partners and the American Heart Association honored Southern Regional Medical Center with their Gold Standard Award for the hospital’s commitment to quality by implementing RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) as their standard educational model. The hospital achieved this recognition based on their consistent number of educational component completion rates on a quarterly basis.

“We are incredibly proud of our education team, clinical leaders and our clinical staff, for this recognition on excellence. As an accredited Chest Pain Center, it is imperative that our clinical staff meet and exceed competency trainings for heart care. This award acknowledges their commitment to continually providing the highest level of care for our community,” stated Charlotte W. Dupré, Southern Regional’s President and CEO.

Julie Frain, Impact Manager, RQI Partners, American Heart Association & Laerdal, presented the award stating, “We want to thank Southern Regional’s leadership and every staff member for making Riverdale, Georgia a safer place to live, work and play.” Adding, “Your partnership, under the guidance of Sharon Lawson-Mathis (Prime Healthcare, Division II, Regional Director of Education) ensured the success of this educational endeavor.”

Southern Regional implemented the American Heart Association Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program – which is a mobile system – for employees to maintain certification in BLS and ACLS (Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support). In the RQI Program, hospital employees take part in quarterly training to support mastery of high-quality CPR skills. The training is conducted using mobile carts with an RQI manikin that provides interactive feedback to coach the user to compress the chest at the optimal rate and depth to improve the victim's chance of survival.