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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hamot Medical Center named to 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters –

Evolving Relationship with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital to Benefit Area Patients

Erie, PA – For the third time, Hamot Medical Center has been recognized as one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters. The award is based on the overall organizational performance. Hamot is the only hospital in the area to ever receive this recognition.

“Receiving this achievement multiple years validates Hamot’s constant commitment to our high patient safety and quality standards,” Hamot President and CEO John Malone said. “What an incredible recognition for all of our employees, who work hard every day to ensure that Hamot remains among the nation’s best. I’m proud to work with such dedicated people.”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

"The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities and payers," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

Earlier this year, the board of directors at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital approved a collaboration plan with Hamot involving several clinical programs. Recent additions to the Charles Cole medical staff through this collaborative effort include prominent specialist physicians Steven Herrmann and James DeMatteis.

The work plan also includes the deployment of telemedicine technology which allows patients to access their Hamot specialist physician in Coudersport, improvements to the regional advanced life support transportation system and various local education programs.

“We are pleased to be affiliated with a world class hospital such as Hamot,” said Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer, Charles Cole. “By working together, we believe we will improve patient care in the region and keep as much care local as possible.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 3,000 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 data set.

What does this recognition mean?

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:
• More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year.
• Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
• Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year.
• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.


Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the plans to add a dialysis center at CCMH? There are so many patients who travel, 3 times a week, to Wellsboro, Bradford or Olean to have dialysis. If these local area patients need to be in a hospital they must go to a hospital that offers dialysis. It seems to me that this would be a priority for CCMH. It would mean so much for these patients not to have to travel so far when they are already so very sick.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Delo left...

Anonymous said...

Does anyone consider the kind of $$ it takes not only to build, but then to maintain all the different buildings at CCMH? How many people using the dialysis center have actual paying insurance, not Medicare or Medical Assistance? Even though having a dialysis center would be nice, it would be a luxury at this point.

Anonymous said...

A luxury? I don't think so. When a patient goes on dialysis it is a forever thing, that is why it is called end-stage renal disease. These patients face 3 times weekly treatment for many years, some up to 10 years. The patient load rarely goes down, always up. There are dialysis providers that build and maintain Centers within a hospital with little cost to the hospital. I thought that is what was being looked into. I realize there is much more to a dialysis center then just opening the doors but the need is very great in this area. I hope that CCMH is still considering this.

Anonymous said...

How long will it be before our local hospital is taken over by Hamot? Why are all our doctors leaving. It has been going on for years. Mr. Charles Cole would be sad to hear how his hospital is going down the tubes.

Anonymous said...

Why is the hospital loosing so many doctors? Dr. Bhat is leaving now and where will people find a new doctor? They want us all to go to the doctor assistants but we need doctors to take care of us.

Anonymous said...

Family doctor, what is that?

And that is exactly what I write on forms when needed to be filled out!

Anonymous said...

Are you people serious? Going down the tubes? Not keeping doctors? Since you all have such a huge background in healthcare, why not offer your super solution to the administration? What if CCMH did close its doors - what would metro Coudersport have then? Nothing! I can't believe how ungrateful you people are. Start reading some national publications. Doctors don't stay anywhere anymore. There is a huge doctor shortage nationwide. The only reason you think it only happens here is because it's a small town and people talk. Get real, it's happening everywhere! Have any of you kept track of how many new doctors started at CCMH this year? It's amazing. Considering the size of this town, I think our local hospital is doing a great job!

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of our local hospital too.

Anonymous said...

CCMH does a great job. We're extremely fortunate to have it.