MMH earns awards from Healthgrades

Marietta Memorial Hospital recently announced it is a recipient of Healthgrades awards.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

A five-star rating indicates that Marietta Memorial Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. Marietta Memorial not only performs at a five star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation.

“We are proud that the care we provide to our community is ranked among the best in the nation,” said Memorial Health System president & ceo Scott Cantley. This recognition is the result of the daily focus of Marietta Memorial Hospital physicians, nurses and staff on exceptional patient care and high quality outcomes,” said Scott Cantley, president and CEO of the Memorial Health System. “It is the knowledge, skill and dedication of these teams who collaborate for our patients, and create a caring culture combined with clinical excellence that is unique in our area.”

“Hospitals earn these distinctions by providing better than expected outcomes for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “When selecting physicians associated with a hospital that has achieved this recognition, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

Marks also notes, “As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals. Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting physicians associated with a hospital with a 5-star rating, patients are more likely to experience better health outcomes, and reduce costs.”

Healthgrades evaluated 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Performance information, at