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Marietta Memorial Hospital receives Pulmonary Care Excellence Award

MARIETTA — Marietta Memorial Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, according to a national report released by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

Marietta Memorial Hospital is also a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for two years in a row (2019-2010).

These achievements are part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders, a press release states. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes, the hospital’s press release states. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided, the report states.

A 5-star rating indicates that Marietta Memorial Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated, Healthgrades said.

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

“Marietta Memorial Hospital is once again proud to receive these recognitions from Healthgrades,” said Scott Cantley, CEO of Memorial Health System. “These recognitions show that the staff of Marietta Memorial Hospital work every day to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and our community.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 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. 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 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system led by a volunteer board of community members. The organization is comprised of a network of locations and specialties provided by over 2,000 employees that include two hospitals (Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General Hospital), outpatient service sites, and provider clinics. They have over 300 primary and specialty care physicians, advanced practice providers (NPs and PAs), and other licensed providers.

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