Holston Valley Picked As One Of Top 100 Hospitals In Country
In Five Categories For Medical Excellence
Holston Valley Medical Center, which has a long-standing reputation
of delivering superior cardiovascular care to patients in the region, has been
recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by a leading ratings
Holston Valley earned this designation in five medical
excellence categories – cardiac care, major cardiac surgery, coronary bypass
surgery, heart attack treatment and vascular surgery – from CareChex, a
division of Comparion that evaluates hospitals on multiple components of
In addition, Holston Valley was named among the top 10
percent in the nation in these five areas as well as in neurological care.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of this third-party
evaluation because it reflects our commitment to achieve optimal results for our
patients,” said Virginia Frank, Holston Valley’s president. “Our physicians and
other caregivers are passionate about improving patients’ lives, and they
achieve success with innovative and highly skilled care that benefits our
CareChex ratings are based on a comprehensive review of
nearly all general, acute, nonfederal hospitals in the United States. The
company sifts through a collection of publicly available databases, such as the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Hospital Quality Alliance,
for its analysis. CareChex considers factors such as process of care, outcomes
of care and patient satisfaction.
The company’s reason for compiling the rankings is to help
providers and healthcare consumers evaluate the quality of inpatient care.
While CareChex focuses on evaluating the quality of
hospitals, companies recognize the value of relying on this national ratings
agency. For example, The Wall Street Journal said the National Business
Coalition on Health planned to use clinical and financial information from
CareChex to assess the value of hospital services for employer contracting.
Attaining successful results for patients is a relentless
pursuit for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, a team of 46 physicians that
oversees the cardiovascular program at Holston Valley and other Wellmont Health System hospitals.
The heart institute has worked continuously to develop and
refine its Level One Heart Attack Network to ensure blockages in
patients’ arteries are cleared as soon as possible. The network is a
partnership between physicians at the hospital and medical providers who
respond to patients in the community.
This process saves time because it gives personnel in the
cardiac catheterization lab more time to mobilize prior to the patient’s
arrival at the hospital. It has empowered Holston Valley cardiologists to
restore blood flow in a clogged artery in less than 15 minutes after the
patient comes through the hospital doors.
Meanwhile, Holston Valley’s performance with coronary bypass
surgery led to the hospital twice being recognized among the best in the
country by the nation’s leading consumer magazine.
The hospital is also one of only a limited number of
facilities across the country – and the only one in the region – approved to
perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements. This procedure
provides patients who have severe aortic stenosis and are a high risk for
open-heart surgery with an alternative that extends their lives.
“The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute constantly benchmarks
itself against the leading providers in the country because our patients
deserve nothing but the best care possible,” said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the
heart institute’s president. “We welcome these reviews by companies as highly
respected as CareChex because it gives us an independent analysis of our
performance that can be used to bolster our care.”
The results from CareChex are helpful as the heart institute
develops a road map for the future, Dr. Blackwell said.
“It is gratifying to all the caregivers at the heart
institute and Holston Valley to know the programs and processes we have in
place are among the best in the nation,” he said. “Our vision is to provide the
health care anywhere, so it is comforting to know we are on the right track.
But it motivates us as well because we are always searching for additional ways
to make the care we deliver even better.”
Data from CareChex are publicly available at www.carechex.com. More information about
Wellmont’s services can be accessed at www.wellmont.org.