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WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center celebrates the awards

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center celebrates the awards

Dr. David Gnagi, cardiologist, spoke with Cindy Kern, Camden Clark’s vice president, quality and patient safety, during an awards presentation Tuesday at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center recognized the many services and treatments over the past two years. (Photo by Brett Dunlop)

PARKERSBURG – WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center received several awards Tuesday for the services and support provided to a community organization.

In two separate gatherings held at medical center hospitals, he announced several awards and donated to the local American Red Cross chapter.

Cindy Kern, vice president of quality and patient safety at Camden Clark, said the medical center has received several awards over the past 15-24 months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hospitals really strive to meet the quality recognition as it relates to our results,” he said. “Historically, we’d have two to three a year. Over the past two years we’ve had more than 20 different recognitions for our quality results. It’s beyond amazing.”

Honors received by the medical center include 2022 Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-Star Highest Quality CABG Procedures; The National Distinction of Excellence Heartcare Center 2021; American Heart Association’s 2021 Get With The Guidelines Silver Plus Award for the Stroke Care; and US News & World Report High Performing Hospitals for Heart Failure Treatment for 2020-21.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center celebrates the awards

The team at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, which treats chronic obstructive disease and sepsis care, was honored Tuesday with several awards and honors. The medical center was recognized with several nationally recognized awards and recommendations for the care provided there. (Photo by Brett Dunlop)

HealthGrade is one of the two largest analytical companies that measure and standardize health care outcomes across hospitals and generate a report every year with accreditation.

The medical center received a 5-star rating for the treatment of heart failure, treatment of sepsis, treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and treatment of bowel obstruction for 2022. She had also received 5-star ratings for Hysterectomy, C-section Delivery, Cranial Neurosurgery. , Total knee replacement and stroke treatment for 2021. He also received 5-Star Excellence Award for Gynecological Surgery for 2021.

“Many of these are our primary service lines and we are getting recognized for them,” Kern said.

The medical center also received top 100 hospital accreditations from CareChex for Heart Failure Treatment, Cancer Care (two accreditations), Major Neuro-Surgery, Pneumonia Care and Sepsis Care for 2022.

Kern commended the work and effort of the hospital staff in providing these quality results.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center celebrates the awards

Officials at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center presented the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley Chapter with a check for $3,000 to support local Red Cross efforts in the community. From left is Susan Dearman of Camden Clark; Bryan Adams of the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley Chapter; Sharon Keasling, executive director of the American Red Cross for the Ohio River Valley; Steve Altmiller, President and CEO of WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center; Margin Kennedy of Camden Clark; Camden Clark’s Rhonda Bosso-Suggs and Camden Clark’s Elizabeth Bennett. (Photo by Brett Dunlop)

“It’s not the rewards, but the results we provide to the community,” Kern said. “Nevertheless, it is quite an honor to receive these awards because we work hard every day.”

Camden Clarke President and CEO Steve Altmiller talks about how these awards have been earned over the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was the hardest time in healthcare with COVID,” They said. “When you think about every area (of treatment), COVID affected everything we did.

“We had to improvise, make changes, pivot … we did all those things and we excelled in patient care.”

He credits the staff, medical providers, hospital leadership and the entire organization for these achievements for their relentless hard work and meeting the many challenges they face.

“I am very proud of the work you all have done in our entire organization, from clinics to ERs to ICUs.” Altmiller said. “You have a lot to reflect on what we learned, where we need to continue to improve and what we are going to do to continue to earn patient, staff and physician respect from the work we do. .

“This is to continually improve the care that we give to the communities we serve.”

On Tuesday, Camden Clark also donated $3,000 to the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley chapter.

“We have a long-standing partnership with[Camden Clark]and this is one of the gifts they provide each year in addition to helping us keep blood drives and maintain an adequate blood supply in the community,” Sharon Keasling, executive director of the American Red Cross for the Ohio River Valley. “They understand the need for financial support and this is a huge gift from them.

“The $3,000 is a great way to celebrate the emergence of so many COVID protocols to be able to help customers who have such a great need in this area.”

The money will remain in the community provided by Camden Clark and will help with blood drives, disaster services, armed forces services, local veterans and other services in the region.

The Red Cross is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to be able to provide the services they serve in the community.

“Camden Clark gets that and understands our need, especially when we can report on the kind of impact his gift has had in this area,” Kesling said.

This includes hundreds of people assisting Red Cross disaster services, thousands of people affected through blood donation and veteran/active military families they have been able to support and much more.

“It’s amazing how far the dollar can be stretched,” Kesling said. “We applaud WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center for being one of the many partners that allow us to do that great work in this area.”

Altmiller said the medical center and the Red Cross have several shared goals in their mission. He talked about the disaster planning that the center does and the assistance provided by the Red Cross.

During COVID, there were problems with the blood supply and the medical center has worked with the Red Cross to conduct blood drives to maintain that supply.

“Thankfully, we haven’t lost blood for patients in our community,” They said. “I encourage people to donate blood because you never know when you or your family members will need blood.

“It’s good to have partners who fulfill the mission of improving the health of the community.”

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