We are celebrating our rating as a 4-Star Hospital.
The right team makes all the difference!

Athens-Limestone Hospital meets or exceeds industry standards every day, but for us that is not enough. We want to make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals we care for in our community.

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We want to #BeTheDifference!

Our mission at Athens-Limestone Hospital is to provide each patient with the exceptional quality care, service, and compassion we want for our loved ones. As part of our quest to go above and beyond for our patients, we’ve partnered with the nation’s foremost organization dedicated to helping others achieve performance excellence. Our leadership took a look at how we can improve in various service areas. We evaluated our processes and procedures and created teams to address the improvements we want to make. Then, we set clear goals to increase excellence in our service. Our goals are updated every quarter.

Our current Teams, Goals, and Results

Falls reduction team

Goal: Reduce Falls

Falling is one of the most common incidents to create additional complications for patients during their hospital stays. About 25% of these falls result in injury, which increases patient care costs and creates a longer hospital stay for the patient. (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

Infection reduction team

Goal: Reduce infection rates (Sepsis)

Each year, at least 1.7 million adults in the United States develop sepsis, with 1 in 3 patients dying from the infection. (CDC) Sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing billions each year in prolonged hospital stays and treatment therapies. (NIGMS)

Imaging efficiency team

Goal: Imaging efficiency

It is important to remember procedures such as CT Scans, MRI, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging pose risks as well as benefits. Imaging exams can expose patients to radiation, unwarranted stress, risks, and high costs. (FDA)

Patient Experience Team


Goal: Great Patient Experiences

At Athens-Limestone Hospital, we are committed to providing exceptional care to all of our patients. Each year, we set organizational goals to improve our overall patient experience. For FY2019, we set several goals related to our Press Ganey HCAHPS (patient experience) scores:

  • Inpatient: Hospital 9-10 >/=70% or 2% improvement from baseline
  • Outpatient: Overall rating of care >/= 80% or 2% improvement from baseline
  • Emergency Dept: Overall rating of care >/=60% or 2% improvement from baseline
  • Ambulatory Surgery: Overall rating of care >/=80% or 2% improvement from baseline
  • Responsiveness: Achieve 70% on Responsiveness of Hospital staff

As a way to recognize individual units, we will be displaying the attached Patient Experience Awards each month to those departments who achieve a score of at least 75% in the Overall Rating (9-10) or Overall rating of care on the survey received for the previous month.

Patient Experience Results by month and department

December 2018

  • ODA-87%
  • Emergency Department-61%
  • 3 East-76%
  • 3 West-100%
  • Mother/Baby Unit-100%
  • Radiology-91%
  • Respiratory Therapy-75%
  • Sleep Center-100%
  • Wound Center-100%

January 2019

  • ICU-100%
  • Mother/Baby-100%
  • Wound Clinic-100%
  • ODA-94%
  • Lab-85%
  • Radiology-84%
  • 3 East-76%
  • Emergency Department-65%

February 2019

  • MBU – 100%
  • Sleep Center – 100%
  • ODA – 90%
  • Radiology – 89%
  • Lab – 82%
  • 3 East – 81%
  • ED – 76%
  • 2 East

    2 East

    Patient experience score of 76% for January

  • 3 East

    3 East

    Patient experience score of 76% for December and 76% for January

  • 3 East - 2

    3 East - 2

    Patient experience score of 76% for December and 76% for January

  • 3 West

    3 West

    Patient experience score of 100% for December

  • ER Day

    ER Day

    Patient experience score of 61% for December

  • ER Night

    ER Night

    Patient experience score of 61% for December

  • ICU

    ICU

    Patient experience score of 100% for January

  • Lab

    Lab

    Patient experience score of 85% for January

  • Mother Baby

    Mother Baby

    Patient experience score of 100% for December and 100% January

  • ODA

    ODA

    Patient experience score of 87% for December and 94% for January

  • Radiology

    Radiology

    Patient experience score of 91% for December and 84% for January

  • Respiratory

    Respiratory

    Patient experience score of 75% for December

  • Sleep Center

    Sleep Center

    Patient experience score of 100% for December

  • Wound Care

    Wound Care

    Patient experience score of 100% for December and 100% for January

    Athens-Limestone Hospital
    700 West Market Street
    Athens, AL 35611
    (256) 233-9292
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