CUMBERLAND — Western Maryland Health System is among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac surgery and the only hospital in Maryland to achieve the Cardiac Surgery Specialty Excellence Award for six years in a row (2015-2020). That is according to a national report by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data and all-payer data from 15 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.

From 2016 through 2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Cardiac Surgery Specialty Excellence Award have, on average, a 54.3% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Similarly, patients treated at hospitals that did not receive the award are, on average, 2.19 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in cardiac surgery should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”

“We are very proud, once again, to have our cardiac surgery program recognized by Healthgrades,” said Barry Ronan, WMHS president and CEO. “When WMHS is recognized for its quality standards and excellence in care, it is yet another confirmation of our commitment to serve our area with the highest quality health care.”

“Whenever our cardiac surgery program receives an honor like this, the entire team shares in the achievement,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, cardiothoracic surgeon at WMHS.

WMHS was also recognized as a five-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery for the last nine years; valve surgery, three years; total knee replacement, 2020; hip fracture treatment, three years; and treatment of pancreatitis, 2020.

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