100 TOP HOSPITAL IS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

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February 27, 2013

Out of 5,724 hospitals in the United States, Gaston Memorial Hospital—your community hospital—is ranked among the 100 top hospitals in the country. For the fourth year in a row, Gaston Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

“This recognition is evidence that everyone—the medical staff, employees and leadership team—have met national benchmarks for the highest balanced performance in the nation,” said Randy Kelley, President and CEO.  “Our systems to safeguard patients from medical errors, provide treatments that achieve results, and deliver effective care at a reasonable cost have been judged as some of the best in the United States.”

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay for this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities – better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform,“ said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.  ”The key  to success in a tumultuous environment  is visionary leadership  that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques.  I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.
  • $6 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

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About CaroMont Health – CaroMont Health, the parent company for Gaston Memorial Hospital, has more than 3,800 employees, 43 medical practices, and eight affiliates. A Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and quality patient care, Gaston Memorial Hospital is a 435-bed acute care facility supported by a medical staff of more than 300 physicians.

CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to the communities it serves, and in 2012, it has been recognized by the following experts:

  • Healthiest Employer Award by Charlotte Business Journal
  • Thompson and Reuters 100 Top Hospital
  • Premier Alliance Quality Advisor Top Performer Award
  • Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Health Grades Excellence Award for Emergency Medicine
  • Health Grades Americas 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Spine Surgery, Women’s Health
  • Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM Grade A for Patient Safety
  • Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Best Community Hospital
  • The America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Critical Care for Second Consecutive Year

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.caromonthealth.org.  

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