Western Md. Hospital Center department earns four stars

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Western Maryland Hospital Center’s Comprehensive Care Department achieved a four-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System is an important bench mark, helping consumers, their families and caregivers compare long-term care facilities, the center said in a news release.

CMS compares each nursing home nationally according to quality measures, staffing levels and annual survey outcomes. The Western Maryland center has a long history of quality outcomes. During the past three years the survey scores have beaten the state and national standard by roughly half the number of deficiencies.

According to CMS data, WMHC also has the highest average acuity in Maryland. This means the residents require more care and have a higher complexity of medical issues than any other nursing home in the state.

“I’m extremely proud of the exceptional, caring staff at Western Maryland Hospital Center for their hard work and unwavering dedication,” said Assistant Secretary of Health, Maryland Department of Health, Dr. Jinlene Chan. “Congratulations on this much deserved recognition and accomplishment; as it is because of your efforts that this is a great place to work, to live, and to call home.”