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U.S. News Recognizes CMH as One of the Best

(10/20/2012) U.S. News & World Report recognized Calvert Memorial Hospital as one of the best regional hospitals for geriatrics in its 2012-2013 Best Hospitals rankings. CMH was the only hospital in Southern Maryland to earn this designation. It was also the highest ranked Southern Maryland hospital in the Washington DC metropolitan area and the state.

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.

We are proud of this recognition,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “because it underscores our ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in in patient care. It also validates the trust that our patients put in us each and every day.”

The latest rankings showcase 732 best regional hospitals from nearly 4,800 across the country. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties – death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, were also factored in.

Calvert Memorial was recognized high-performing in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report for Southern Maryland and also scored high in patient safety. To be considered a Best Regional Hospital, an organization must rank in the top 25 percent of all hospitals in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

Additionally, CMH also ranked 20th out of 59 hospitals in the Washington DC metropolitan area that includes Alexandria and Arlington as well as Rockville and Bethesda. Calvert Memorial also ranked 25th out of 71 hospitals statewide alongside Anne Arundel Medical Center and four other facilities.

Accredited by the Joint Commission, Calvert Memorial Hospital was one of only 13 hospitals in Maryland to earn the 2012 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care. Specifically, CMH earned high marks for preventing surgical infections and treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients – based on established measures for best practice. In 2011, the hospital also received the prestigious Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for its outstanding stroke treatment.

Calvert Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services that address the healthcare needs of older adults including centers dedicated to vascular care, orthopedics, pain management and neurological disorders. The hospital also provides specialized programs for wound care and sleep disorders as well as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Electronic health records and care coordinators are also enhancing the geriatric care available locally. Many area practices are part of the Calvert Health Information Exchange, a secure community based network developed by Calvert Memorial Hospital that allows participating providers to electronically share patients’ health records. This is especially beneficial for seniors who may be dealing with multiple conditions that require them to see multiple doctors and take multiple medications.

This new technology provides physicians with instant access to information (such as lab results and medication history) they need to make critical, informed decisions about patient care. Care coordinators work with primary care physicians and help patients with chronic conditions like diabetes navigate the healthcare system and ensure that they are connected with the right services and providers.

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