Parkersburg, Marietta hospitals receive ranking

Both recognized as high performing

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and Marietta Memorial Hospital have been recognized in the Best Hospitals ranking for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report.

Camden Clark was recognized as High Performing in the categories of treating Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Marietta Memorial was recognized as High Performing in the treatment of COPD.

According to the news magazine, the analysis reviews performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions with scores are based on survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and other factors.

This is the 28th year of the rankings, which are intended to help patients decide where to receive care.

“We are so pleased to be recognized at the national level for our patient care around both COPD and Heart Failure,” said Cindy Kern, Camden Clark vice president of Quality and Patient Safety. “These conditions are prevalent in the Mid-Ohio Valley and Camden Clark continues to lead the way in improving the care of our patients.”

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. U.S. News rates hospitals in nine common procedures and conditions, including COPD.

“These ratings reflect the high quality of clinical care we provide for our patients,” said Scott Cantley, president & CEO of Marietta Memorial Hospital in the Memorial Health System. “Being recognized shows the commitment of our team of clinicians and staff who continue to deliver excellent and compassionate care for the community we serve.”

A hospital’s COPD score is based on multiple data categories, including patient survival, volume and more. The Heart Failure score is based on patient survival, volume and other factors.

Hospitals received one of three ratings, high performing, average or below average, unless they treated an insufficient number of patients to be rated. Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.