U.S. News & World Report Recognizes CaroMont Health for High-Performing Specialties
Gastonia, NC – July 21, 2011- CaroMont Health has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top providers of health care in the Charlotte area.
CaroMont’s Gaston Memorial Hospital was ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 nationwide. Each is rated among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
Gaston Memorial Hospital was rated as high-performing in three specialties: Gastroenterology, Nephrology and Pulmonology.
“At CaroMont Health, we are focused on delivering exceptional health care, promoting individual wellness and creating vibrant communities,” said acting CEO Doug Luckett. “Having US News & World Report rank Gaston Memorial as a top hospital in three specialty areas is evidence that we are succeeding in our mission and vision.”
Metro area rankings were published for the first time by U.S. News earlier this year and have been updated to coincide with the national rankings, which have been published annually by U.S. News for the past 22 years. The rankings were publicly released today and will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Aug. 30.
The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.
“These hospitals are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”
To see the full rankings, visit: www.usnews.com/besthospital
About CaroMont Health –
CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina, is a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system and nationally-recognized “value-based” health care provider (high quality, low cost). CaroMont Health is the only hospital in the region named by Thomson Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital for quality care and is one of two HealthGrades’ Clinical Excellence recipients in North Carolina. CaroMont Health is among an elite group of 19 selected participants (out of 3,000 national hospitals/systems) engaged in demonstrating “Accountable Care Organizations” (hospitals focused on accountability for highest outcomes at the lowest cost for individualized patient care). CaroMont is engaged in innovative Chronic Disease Management pilot projects in partnership with local and regional employers, is implementing innovative prevention and wellness focused on individual and population health, and has a unique national partnership with GE and Sg2 to reduce costs and create integrated and coordinated systems of care. CaroMont Health also is among a select few hospitals to be granted a cardiology and cardiac surgery affiliation with Columbia University Medical Center in New York—a clinical partnership that provides patient access to world-class clinical guidance and research trials. CaroMont was recently upgraded by S&P to an AA bond-rating category—based on key rating factors that include: exceptional quality and clinical outcomes, excellence in governance and management structure, comprehensive information technology infrastructure, engaged excellence and integrated medical staff, fiscal accountability, operating performance, strong financial position and low cost structure.
CaroMont Health System encompasses Gaston Memorial Hospital with 435 beds; Courtland Terrace, a 96-bed skilled nursing community; Gaston Hospice, which includes the inpatient 12-bed Robin Johnson House; and CaroMont Medical Group, an extensive network of physician practices in five counties and two states with nearly 200 employed physicians. The CaroMont Heart Center provides a full range of life-saving cardiac care, including open heart surgery. Additionally, the CaroMont Cancer Center provides advanced 3-D radiation treatment planning and chemotherapy. An expansive, surgical suite offers the latest advancements such as stereotactic technology, which utilizes computer simulation, microscopic surgery and x-ray images to achieve pinpoint accuracy. CaroMont also offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit for high risk infants and a pre-adolescent psychiatric center. CaroMont Health is proactively engaged in achieving its vision: To be a nationally-recognized leader and valued partner in promoting individual health and vibrant communities.
CaroMont Health employs 3,800 health care professionals, including a medical staff membership of 455. CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at www.caromont.org.
CaroMont Quality Awards
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care
CIGNA highest quality rating for Patient Outcomes in Angioplasty, Cardiac
Catheterization, Colon Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Craniotomy-Adult,
Disc Surgery, Heart Attack, and Spinal Fusion
Top Performer status (3rd highest score among all participating U.S hospitals, and highest score of any NC hospital) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier Healthcare Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project
Aetna – Recognized Institute of Quality Cardiac Care
Advanced Certification in Stroke Care from the Joint Commission
Advanced Certification in Diabetes Care from the Joint Commission
Hospital Value Index: Top 100 Best in Value Hospital
American Heart Association Heart Failure Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards.
Certification in Hip and Knee Surgery from the Joint Commission
Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award from College of Surgeons
ACS MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award Winner for Excellence in Clinical Performance
HealthGrades – 7 five-star designations in Back and Neck Surgery (spinal fusion), Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Sepsis Care, Respiratory Failure Care, Pulmonary Care and Gastrointestinal Procedures & Surgeries. This includes an award for excellence in care of the Back and Neck Surgery Cleverley + Associates Five-Star Honor for high community value
Among only 6 percent of national hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Association
Rated as a top hospital in the Charlotte metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report
2010 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals award winner
2011 Becker’s Hospital Review: 65 Great Community Hospitals