Top Performer

Georgia Trend image 2014Georgia Trend magazine ranked Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) #2 in an annual listing of the state’s best medium-sized hospitals and the Joint Commission recognized TRMC for achieving performance excellence on significant quality indicators.  TRMC is a 181-bed regional referral center in Tifton and serves as the flagship for Tift Regional Health System (TRHS).  

“These honors are a testimony to the skill, hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and support staff,” said William T. Richardson, TRHS president/CEO.  “Our people are committed to compassionate care with a focus on total quality.” 

In its December issue, Georgia Trend named TRMC a top 10 medium-sized Georgia hospital for the third year-in-a-row as part of the magazine’s annual top hospitals section.  In 2012, TRMC was ranked #7; in 2013, the hospital was ranked #6.  This year, TRMC has moved up to #2.  Georgia Trend used publicly available state and federal data on quality indicators and patient satisfaction to determine the rankings. 

The Joint Commission also announced that TRMC has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.   Based on 2013 data measures of quality outcomes, the Joint Commission distinguished TRMC for consistently using evidence-based interventions in the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.  

As a top performer, TRMC is highlighted in the Joint Commission’s annual publication titled America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety released in November. The report is posted on the Joint Commission’s website at  An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including TRMC.   

Richardson said that these recognitions are to be celebrated, but quality is an ongoing journey.  “We can’t rest,” said Richardson.  “Tift Regional will remain focused on continual performance improvement in order to provide the best possible care for our patients.  As always, we thank the community for their ongoing support and trust.” 

For more information: 

Georgia Trend article online 

America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety 2014 report