Health system’s cardiac program marks achievements in 2018

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System’s cardiac program hit another benchmark recently, as the team marked another year with zero mortalities 30 days post-operation in 2018.

Even with a year of no mortalities, staff members strive for improvement. They measure the number of conditions such as wound infections and strokes, as well as other metrics such as post-operative length of stay, time on the ventilator and the type and amount of medication issued.

The program also marked zero cerebrovascular accidents (strokes) in 2018.

Just before the mortality results were announced, the WMHS cardiac program was also recognized for the fifth consecutive year with the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades, which honors the health system for being the in the top 10 percent for cardiac surgery among hospitals in the nation.