Healthgrades Quality Award

CAMC recognized as the only hospital in WV named among top 5% in nation for clinical excellence

 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

For the second year in a row, Charleston Area Medical Center has been named among the nation's top 5 percent of hospitals for overall clinical excellence, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide as released by Healthgrades, the nation's leading health care ratings company.

CAMC is the only hospital in West Virginia and one of only 261 hospitals nationwide to achieve the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ (DHACE) based on its outstanding clinical quality performance.

"Many hospitals claim to be the best," said Dale Wood, CAMC's chief quality officer. "That's why it's important to read the fine print associated with some of those claims, which often reflects only specific areas of expertise or high-quality outcomes in certain areas."

The Healthgrades analysis, unlike other hospital quality ratings, is based solely on clinical outcomes data across a broad spectrum of services, which is more reflective of overall quality. Healthgrades also does not include opinion surveys of doctors or patients, or any other subjective measures that can lack objectivity.

"HealthGrades' national database comparison is based on what matters most to patients – low rates of injury and mortality," Wood said. "Although every hospital aims to provide the highest quality care, only some manage to achieve superior performance across many common treatments."

From 2011-2013, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the DHACE, an average of 163,488 lives could potentially have been saved.

"Clinical excellence has long been a top priority at CAMC," said Dave Ramsey, president and CEO of CAMC. "To be named among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation is an honor. We're proud to be recognized for our high level of performance across a number of departments and specialties. This award is important validation that we strive to provide the highest quality care for all our patients."

Hospitals that achieve Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ status deliver overall clinical excellence in at least 21 of 32 clinical procedures and specialties measured by Healthgrades for both risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates during and after a hospital stay. Healthgrades analyzes data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database, and recipients are selected entirely based on clinical outcomes, risk adjusted to account for variations in patient acuity and procedural complexity. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured.

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