Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Health Systems receive top rankings

PARKERSBURG — Camden Clark Medical Center and Memorial Health Systems received top rankings from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Camden Clark received a 5-Star national ranking for Heart, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease treatment and Women’s Care (which includes labor and delivery, vaginal delivery, C-section delivery and hysterectomy).

“Camden Clark is extremely proud to be recognized as a leader in delivering high quality care to the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Cindy Kern, vice president of Quality and Patient Safety.

Healthgrades evaluates the performance of nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 34 common conditions and procedures.

“We are thrilled to receive their top rating in Heart, COPD and Women’s Care, which validates our increased efforts to improve patient and family centered care,” Kern said.

“It’s our mission to be a top performing hospital in the nation and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts in caring for the Mid-Ohio Valley community.”

According to Healthgrades, patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition.

From 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided, Healthgrades said.

Patients have varying relative risk for complications and mortality with common surgeries, according to Healthgrades. The choice of hospital however can have a significant impact on this risk. Patients having surgery in hospitals rated 5-stars will have a lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying than if they were treated in a hospital rated as 1-star for that same procedure, Healthgrades said.

“Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades, Chief Medical Officer. “Consumers can arm themselves with trusted information and tools like the new Healthgrades analysis to determine their best choices for care.”

“We observed that communities are healthier when they have access to high-quality hospitals, so while many consumers only think about their local hospitals in times of emergencies, there really is long-term benefit to the health of the population when access to top-notch hospitals is high.”

Camden Clark has been working to improve service, bringing in physicians to the Mid-Ohio Valley covering a variety of specialties so patients can receive the majority of their care close to home and forming partnerships with community hospitals to expand services to other areas while utilizing other hospitals in the state to bring the best care possible to the people of West Virginia, hospital officials said.

“WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center strives for excellence in the care and support of our community on a daily basis,” Camden Clark President and CEO Dave McClure said. “To be recognized for our commitment to excellence in the areas of Heart and Lung disease along with Women’s Care is an honor.”

Over the years Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General Hospital have won numerous awards from Healthgrades for care delivered to the community.

Selby General Hospital was honored as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 best hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery 2018.

“Selby General Hospital is one of just six Ohio hospitals to receive this honor,” said Jennifer Offenberger, Associate VP Marketing and Service Excellence for Memorial Health System.

Selby also received the Healthgrades 2018 Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award. It was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2018. They were a Five-Star recipient for Total Knee Replacement in 2018, a Five-Star recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment in 2018 and a Five-Star recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery in 2018.

Marietta Memorial Hospital received a 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

“The distinction places Marietta Memorial Hospital among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data,” Offenberger said.

Marietta Memorial also received a Five-Star Recipient Treatment of Heart Failure 2017, putting it among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. for its performance in the treatment of Heart Failure two years in a row, Offenberger said.

“Our health system has developed a reputation over the years for providing exceptional patient care and outcomes,” she said. “While the work we do is to enhance the lives of our patients, earning these awards, from a third-party that evaluates clinical outcomes from over 5,000 hospitals nationwide, is a testament to the care we provide to our community, friends and neighbors.”