WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center named in top 100 for stroke care

PARKERSBURG –WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was named among the 100 best hospitals for stroke care and rated in the top 100 in the nation for patient safety in the categories of cardiac and orthopedic care, according to two national studies

Camden Clark was rated in reports released by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, and by Quantros, a health care industry’s provider of performance analytics, risk management and quality management solutions through its CareChex ratings.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and tracks outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The CareChex rankings benchmark the clinical quality, patient safety and performance of nearly all acute care hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. It is recognized as being the most accurate industry standard for showing care variation and are trusted by millions of value-seeking providers, purchasers and consumers of medical care

The rankings are part of findings released this month in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.

For example, from 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award have, on average, a 38.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

Additionally, the CareChex 2019 Hospital and Health System Quality and Patient Safety Rankings and Ratings are the industry’s only outcomes scoring mechanism that takes into account the true risk profile of a patient and that compares like populations to isolate true variances. The variances are then assessed for statistical significance, ensuring that those being recognized are truly providing higher quality, lower cost care relative to their peers.

“WVU Medicine Camden Clark is extremely proud to be recognized as a local and national leader in delivering high quality care to the residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Cindy Kern, vice president of quality at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. “We are thrilled to be ranked by Healthgrades as one of the top 100 hospitals nationally in the treatment of Stoke and to have received five-star recognition for the treatment of Sepsis and be recognized two years in a row for the treatment of heart attack and COPD. We’re honored to receive similar acknowledgement by CareChex for medical excellence and patient safety in key areas of medical care which impact so many in our community. This validates our increased efforts to improve patient outcomes and family centered care. 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.”

WVU Medicine Camden Clark is the only hospital in the state of West Virginia to be recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best for Stroke Care in 2019.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys and this recognition distinguishes Camden Clark Medical Center in the marketplace.”

In addition to the Top 100 hospitals in the nation achievement, CCMC was also recognized for the following by Healthgrades: named among the top 10 percent in the nation for neurosciences in 2019; five-star recipient for treatment of heart failure for two years in a row (2018-2019); five-star recipient for treatment of sepsis in 2019; five-star recipient for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for two years in a row (2018-2019)

By CareChex: top 10 percent nationally for medical excellence in overall medical care; top 10 percent nationally for patient safety for heart failure treatment; top 10 percent nationally for patient safety for interventional coronary care; top 10 percent nationally for patient safety for neurological care.

Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as five-star (statistically significantly better than expected), three-star (not statistically different from expected) and one-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

“With the continued growth of value-based healthcare, CareChex’s objective, comprehensive data on clinical quality, cost of care and service utilization is invaluable to purchasers, providers and consumers,” Trey Cook, Quantros president and CEO, said. “Hospitals need specific, meaningful data to assess their performance and take advantage of competitive positioning, as well as identify opportunities for improvement. Meanwhile, payers look to this information to evaluate potential alliances, partnerships and network creation.”

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