U.S. News & World ranks Camden Clark Medical Center among best hospitals

Photo Provided Dr. David Gnegy, chief medical officer at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and a cardiologist with Parkersburg Cardiology Associates, poses in a cath lab at Camden Clark. For the second consecutive year, Camden Clark was ranked among the nation’s best in the category of high-performing hospitals in the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and heart failure, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings.

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and three other WVU Medicine hospitals in West Virginia have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-19 Best Hospitals in the United States report.

Camden Clark was ranked as High Performing in Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings and High Performing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and in Heart Failure, according to the report. This was the second consecutive year Camden Clark has been nationally ranked as a High Performing hospital by the magazine.

The recognition validates the hospital’s effort to provide the best care, said Dr. David Gnegy, the chief medical officer at Camden Clark and a cardiologist with Parkersburg Cardiology Associates.

“We’re making a positive impact,” he said.

It shows that the hospital is making an impact on local health, including reducing mortality and morbidity from COPD and congestive heart failure, which are predominant in the region, Gnegy said.

“We’re doing it and we’re doing it well,” he said.

The other WVU Medicine hospitals are Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Jefferson Medical Center in Martinsburg and United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

Ruby received three national rankings, 22nd in urology, 28th in diabetes and endocrinology and 38th in gynecology, and was ranked as High Performing in five specialties, cancer, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics and pulmonology.

Ruby Memorial was also ranked as the top hospital in West Virginia.

This year’s three national rankings for adult programs come on the heels of WVU Medicine Children’s receiving its first-ever national ranking in Pediatric Urology (42nd), which was announced last month. Ruby received its first-ever national ranking last year, when Urology was ranked 26th.

“We have a duty to the people of West Virginia to provide them with high quality health care so they never have to leave the state to find the care they need,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “Being recognized on a national stage proves to our patients that we are making good on our promise to them, and it shows our doctors, nurses, and other health care providers and staff that their hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed.”

Ruby, Camden Clark, Jefferson Medical Center and United Hospital Center also were all ranked as High Performing in Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings.

Ruby received its High Performing ratings in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart failure, colon cancer surgery and COPD. Jefferson and UHC were all rated as High Performing in COPD.

“We like to look at WVU Medicine as a hub-and-spoke system, meaning that you can get the same great care at our system hospitals as you get in our flagship hospital in Morgantown,” Wright said. “We have been making great strides in this area over the last few years, and to have half of our system hospitals recognized for their efforts by U.S. News & World Report means that we are headed in the right direction.”

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators, officials said.

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469906), available at bookstores in late September.