South Hill, VA (2/19/21) – VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) earned Gold Status for the Virginia Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll Program. This means the hospital meets specific criteria in the education and appropriate use of antibiotics. Typically, the more antibiotics a person is prescribed, the less effective they are in treating illness. An interdisciplinary team established interventions to limit and track antibiotic use. Patients can expect to only be prescribed medication that is needed to keep them healthy. 

April Dyer, Pharm.D., MBA, resides in Durham, North Carolina. She is a clinical pharmacist at Duke University Medical Center and the liaison from D.A.S.O.N. (Duke Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Network) and has been a huge help in keeping the hospital up to date in antimicrobial stewardship. “Through VCU Health CMH’s stewardship interventions, they decreased overall antibiotic use 8.9% from 2018 to 2019.  During the same period, they noted decreases of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) cases by 14.73%,” she explained. 

Pharmacist Kathy Sims, RPh., lives in Mecklenburg County. She said, “At its core, antibiotic stewardship is a patient safety initiative that improves the quality of care we provide for patients at VCU Health CMH. We are honored that the Virginia Department of Health recognizes our antibiotic stewardship program as meeting this goal. This achievement would not be possible without the hard work of our antibiotic stewardship team.” 

CEO Scott Burnette recognized the outstanding work of the team in a hospital-wide virtual meeting, “This is a great honor that reinforces VCU Health CMH’s dedication to patient safety on a daily basis,” he said.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is a nonprofit hospital that is dedicated to being the leader in health services for the south-central region of Virginia and portions of northern North Carolina. Since 1954, the hospital’s employees, physicians, volunteers and board of directors have worked to fulfill their mission of providing excellence in the delivery of health care. Today, VCU Health CMH has a new hospital with 70 private patient rooms and a long term care facility with an additional 140 beds. VCU Health CMH provides a wide array of in-patient services, including acute care and long-term care along with many outpatient programs such as home health, hospice and many others. Since inception, they have grown to be one of the area’s largest employers with more than 800 employees, 160+ volunteers and 177 providers, representing 26 medical specialties, on staff. Visit VCU-CMH.org for more information.