Commitment to Quality

The foundation for Quality at Bleckley Memorial Hospital is our compassion for our patients to do the “right thing”. Our Quality Management Plan serves as the foundation of commitment to continuously strive to improve the quality of treatment and services provided to patients.

Bleckley Memorial also strives to respond to our internal and external patients’ needs in a timely, efficient and professional manner. Promoting an environment that fosters the safe use of equipment, work processes and medication administration, we ensure safety to our patients and employees. Eliminating barriers between departments, services, disciplines and job classifications, we work together as a team to efficiently complete our tasks.

The Board of Trustees, Medical Staff and Administrative Officials are responsible and accountable for ensuring that the organization implements and maintains an effective quality management system.

Bleckley Memorial focuses on high-risk, problem-prone areas, processes or functions while considering the incidence, prevalence and severity of problems in these areas, processes or functions. Health outcomes, patient safety and quality of care are monitored by quality indicators. Employees take the necessary safety protocols and measures very seriously to prevent any adverse event or close call for our patients. Compassion is the driving force to do the “right thing”.

At Bleckley Memorial, we take Patient Safety very seriously, every minute of every day. Together we can make a difference in healthcare. Quality improvement never stops.

Tobacco Free Campus

Joining hospitals across Georgia and the nation, Bleckley Memorial Hospital became a tobaccofree campus on July 1, 2014. After this date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted anywhere on the hospital campus and outlying clinics - inside or outside.

Tobacco Facts: 
  • Tobacco use is the number one PREVENTABLE cause of death in the world.
  • Over 10,000 Georgians die every year from tobacco use.
  • One out of every 6 of these die because they have smoked.
  • Smoking costs Georgians $1.8 billion dollars in direct healthcare costs each year.
  • We are committed to the health and safety of all our employees, patients, and visitors. Making our campus tobacco free firmly supports our belief in their health and wellness. Patients will be advised of the hospital's tobacco free policy upon admission.
We are asking for the community's support in our tobacco free initiative as we move forward in our efforts to make Bleckley Memorial Hospital a healthier place to be. Our commitment to this initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living. 

DNV Accreditation

Bleckley Memorial Hospital has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. DNV's accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

DNV GL Healthcare (Det Norske Veritas), a CMS Deeming Authority, integrates the CMS‘s (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Conditions of Participation for hospitals with the ISO 9001 Quality Management Program. DNV visits accredited organizations annually and requires compliance with two sets of standards, ISO 9001 and NIAHO (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organization). 

TJC Accreditation

The Joint Commission (TJC) accredits and certifies healthcare organizations Laboratory Services nationwide every two years. TJC also has CMS Deeming Authority with separate Laboratory Services’ standards. This designation is evidence that Bleckley Memorial Hospital has voluntarily asked to be surveyed and held to standards that deal with organization quality, patient safety, and the safety of the environment. Bleckley Memorial Hospital is very proud to have achieved these National Standards.

If you have any concerns about patient care and safety in the hospital, please contact Hospital Administration at 478-934-6211.

If your concern cannot be resolved through the hospital, you may contact the Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610.

Georgia Heart Tax Credit

For many years, due to demographic, economic, and health care industry challenges, Georgia’s rural hospitals have been facing a financial crisis. This crisis jeopardizes the access of rural Georgians to adequate health care.

In response, in 2016, the Georgia General Assembly passed, and Governor Nathan Deal signed into law, Senate Bill (“SB”) 258, legislation that, effective January 1, 2017, awards Georgia income tax credits to individual and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations (“RHOs”) located in Georgia.

As of January 1, 2018, 58 rural hospitals are eligible to participate in the RHO expense tax credit program. Of those hospitals, 56 are participating in the Georgia HEART Hospital Program to assist them with the marketing and administration of the RHO expense tax credit program. Together, these hospitals and Georgia HEART are Helping to Enhance Access to Rural Treatment.

Bleckley Memorial Hospital is a participating hospital with the Georgia HEART Program - AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!


145 E Peacock St
Cochran, GA 31014


Phone: (478) 934-6211 
Fax: (478) 934-9659