Health system receives top ratings

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System is five-star rated for coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, hip-fracture treatment and pneumonia treatment, according to a new study.

The report was recently released by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

WMHS was also recognized for the fifth consecutive year with the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for the years 2015-19, which honors the health system for being in the top 10 percent for cardiac surgery among hospitals in the nation.

These achievements are part of findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

A five-star rating indicates that WMHS’ clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996 to strengthen the health care services in Western Maryland and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new hospital in Cumberland.