MRMC listed among top value hospitals

2009-12-15T01:00:00Z MRMC listed among top value hospitalsBy MISTY MAYNARD, Staff Writer Ledger Independent
December 15, 2009 1:00 am  • 

Meadowview Regional Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 "Best in Value" hospitals in the country.

Additionally, Meadowview received recognition as one of 75 hospitals receiving the Best in Value "Superior Quality Merit Award."

The lists were compiled by Data Advantage LLC and provides the "first and only national study on U.S. hospitals and the value of care they provide," according to a news release.

"We are aware of the Hospital Value Index Awards Program and of the fact that our hospital is included among the nation's top value hospitals," a spokesperson for Meadowview Regional Medical Center said. "We are always pleased when data that is publicly available calls attention to the great care that's being provided by our associates."

The results are from the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index study, which analyzed the value of care provided at more than 4,500 hospitals. The hospital value index takes into consideration four key areas including quality, efficiency, affordability and patient satisfaction. A spokesperson for Data Advantage said the value index is weighted heavily in consideration of quality versus price.

"They (MRMC) have a good quality for a great price," the spokesperson said.

MRMC received an overall index value of 77 percent. National average for the value index is 53 percent. The minimum for the nation is 18 percent and the maximum is 85 percent, according to information from the Web site, www.hospitalvalueindex.com.

Other area hospitals included in the analysis fared slightly lower than the national average with Fleming County Hospital scoring 49 percent and Brown County General Hospital scoring 50 percent. Comparatively, St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead scored 62 percent and Mercy Hospital Clermont in Batavia, Ohio scored 63 percent.

Scores are also available on-line for quality of care for core measures including acute myocardial infarction, also known as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care improvement program.

For MRMC, the overall core measure score was 98 percent, compared to 82 percent for Fleming County, 85 percent for Brown County, 94 percent for St. Claire and 97 percent for Mercy.

Hal Andrews, CEO of Data Advantage, said the hospitals recognized as Best in Value set the bar for hospitals across the nation.

"If every hospital performed at the level of the top 100, we found that more than $60 billion per year could be saved," Andrews said.

In the statement from MRMC, it said it is important for health care consumers to be informed about their choices for hospital care and how to evaluate hospital quality and value.

"We're pleased that there are now a number of resources that allow the public to objectively review and analyze the different quality and value metrics that are available and we encourage anyone who makes health care decisions for their family or business to take advantage of these resources," the MRMC spokesperson said.

Contact Misty Maynard at misty.maynard@lee.net or call 606-564-9091, ext. 272.

For more area news, visit www.maysville-online.com.

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