Monongahela Valley Hospital Receives 5 Stars for COPD Treatment

(January 2, 2018 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

For the third consecutive year, Monongahela Valley Hospital earned 5-stars for its performance in the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) from Healthgrades. As a leading online resource, Healthgrades helps consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

COPD affects an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S., and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs. For many years, Monongahela Valley Hospital has had programs in place to provide education, early detection and therapies for people with COPD.

"We continually strengthen our commitment to provide high quality medical care to people with COPD," said Louis J. Panza, MVH's president and CEO. "This past spring MVH introduced the Community Care Network which emphasizes early detection and in-home monitoring to help keep people out of the hospital."

"Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 5-stars in the treatment of COPD have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for their patients," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. "In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital's commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for their patients is more important than ever."

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in specific surgeries using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found on the Healthgrades Web site.

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