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Parkview Huntington named among 100 Top Hospitals

March 8th, 2014

News Coverage:

Parkview Huntington named among 100 Top Hospitals

Recognized for five-year improvement

Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 3:30 pm

BY MEGAN GREVE mgreve@h-ponline.com

For the second time in four years, Parkview Huntington Hospital has been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Analytics, according to a press release from Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The hospital also received an award that recognizes its improvement over the past five years.

Hospitals are judged on a scorecard that considers mortality, inpatient complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to the release.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today,” Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven, said in the release. “They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow.”

Among these rankings, Parkview Huntington was in the top 10 percent of hospitals overall and in areas of inpatient expense per discharge, core measures and public safety, according to a presentation about the award from Parkview Huntington.

Parkview Huntington Hospital President Darlene Garrett said the hospital was especially proud of being recognized for its costs to patients.

“We try to keep (costs) as low as possible but as we were compared with other hospitals across the country it identifies our efficiency and our capability to keep our healthcare costs down,” she said.

The hospital was also named among the 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, Garrett said. In addition, Parkview Huntington is one of 20 hospitals in the small community category to be recognized and one of only two in that category in Indiana, according to the presentation.

Hospitals are only compared to others of similar size and teaching status, according to the presentation.

In addition to this honor, Parkview Huntington also received the Everest Award, which takes into account the hospital’s current performance and how quickly it has improved in the past five years, according to the presentation.

“We’re very proud of receiving both of the awards, but the Everest Award is given to only 14 hospitals across the country and we are one of those 14, which is pretty outstanding for the staff, our medical staff, everyone who’s involved in patient care has contributed to the receiving of this award,” Garrett said.

She added the recognitions were not only valuable for the hospital and its staff but also the Huntington County and neighboring communities the hospital serves.

“I think it’s a matter of we are there to serve the community and this award identifies how well we do that,” she said.

The study has been done annually since 1993, according to the release.

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