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On Thursday, February 7th, 100 guests came together in the Outpatient Pavilion of WCH for “Power of the Purse,” a celebration of women’s philanthropy and heart health awareness.
The dinner, live auction and raffle included 10 designer purses and bags packed with goodies and gift certificates, generously donated by friends of the hospital and local merchants. The auction raised over $21,000 to benefit women’s heart health through The Cardiovascular Institute at Wooster Community Hospital.
Prior to the auction, Drs. Dana Bonezzi, Sharon Marcanthony and Anne Shriner spoke about the incidence of heart disease in women, the importance of a woman taking an active role in their care and of putting themselves on their to-do list. Early identification of risk factors can play a role in hearth health too. Monies raised at this Power of the Purse event will help underwrite the expense of Coronary Calcium Scoring for the first 100 women who register.
What is a calcium score test?
A calcium score test is increasingly recognized as a useful way to assess the risk of future cardiac events in people without symptoms. A simple CAT scan of the chest, it indicates the amount of hardening, or atherosclerosis, in the coronary artery walls by measuring calcium plaque.
If you choose to have this screening test, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled with a WCH cardiovascular specialist, your primary care physician or a physician with a special interest in interpreting the results. They will help determine what, if any, prevention or treatment strategies are needed to modify or reduce your heart disease risk factors.
Who Should Get Tested?
Women age 55 or older and men age 45 or older, with NO history of coronary artery disease, and who have one or more risk factors for heart disease including:
- High blood cholesterol
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Type 2 diabetes
- Family history of heart disease at age 65 or younger in women and 55 or younger in men
Again, it is a simple screening test.
Wooster Community Hospital is pleased to offer this test at no cost to the first 100 women, age 55 or older, who qualify.
To arrange for this test, you or your doctor simply need to call (330)263-8282 . A physician’s order is required for scheduling.
Drs. Paul Moodispaw, Dan Newton and Cyril Ofori of the Cardiovascular Institute at Wooster Community Hospital are leading the way in addressing the specific needs of our local population in understanding, preventing and combating heart disease. That includes a clear focus on women’s cardiovascular health. Also known as Heart Scan or Cardiac Scoring, it is a non-invasive CT scan of the heart which helps calculate the risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
Cleverley + Associates released the rankings in its State of the Hospital Industry – 2018 Edition. This is the 15th year that the publication includes the CVI. This analysis is part of the Community Value Leadership Awards: The Community Value 100TMand the Community Value Five StarTM hospitals designations.
WCH is one of only five Ohio hospitals on the Community Value 100TM and the only Ohio hospital listed in the “Non-Teaching – Small” hospital category. To achieve its rankings, WCH has demonstrated its value to the community, financial viability, low costs, and high-quality care.
“We are extremely pleased to have again received this important award. This award independently validates our ongoing re-investment in our facility and community, and it recognizes our low costs and prices relative to other hospitals across the nation. Though primarily derived from financial data, the award also recognizes our outstanding quality of patient care.” says Bill Sheron, CEO/President of Wooster Community Hospital Health System. “We are pleased to share this honor with our dedicated staff and physicians. This places WCH in the top two percent of comparable hospitals in the U.S.”
“The CVI was the first study of its kind and remains the most comprehensive index dedicated to hospital value assessment,” the State of the Hospital Industry authors write. “The purpose of the annual study is to provide a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community by examining ten measures in four key performance areas: Financial Viability and Plant Reinvestment, Hospital Cost Structure, Hospital Charge Structure and Hospital Quality Performance.”
About Wooster Community Hospital Health System
WCH Health System was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM /Watson Health for the fifth time. Also named one of America’s Best Hospitals by the Women’s Choice and by iVantage Health Analytics®, and by HealthStrong™ as a Top 100 Hospital in the country. WCH Health System supports patients in Wayne and surrounding counties, with 172 beds, and 272 active physicians. For more information visit us at www.woosterhospital.org.
About Cleverley + Associates
Cleverley + Associates was the first independent organization to release a nation-wide study on hospital community value. The community Value Index® was first published as part of the 2004 edition of the State of the Hospital Industry and has grown to be leading metric in the industry. For the ninth year, the State of the Hospital industry includes the Community Value Index® (CVI) hospital analysis. This analysis yields the Community Value Leadership Awards™. The Community Value 100® and the Community Value Five Star® hospitals designations.
Wooster, OH – March 4, 2019 – Wooster Community Hospital (WCH) was this week named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.
The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the fifth time WCH has been recognized with this honor.
“This coveted award sets a national benchmark for performance excellence for all hospitals to aspire to. It measures not only the quality of care delivered, but also operational efficiency and patient satisfaction. Perhaps more importantly, a hospital must not only have best in class results – which we clearly do – but they also must evidence ongoing improvement over time to achieve this recognition. This is truly a team award, and a cause for celebration. Having received this award five times in the last eleven years certainly demonstrates a culture of excellence that exists within our hospital and health system. It is a special day for our dedicated employees, medical staff, and community,” said Bill Sheron, WCH President/CEO.
Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
- More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
- More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
- Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.
“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes , the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.
About Wooster Community Hospital
Wooster Community Hospital (WCH) is a 172-bed, full-service and acute-care facility. Located in Wooster, the hub of Wayne County, Ohio. WCH is an award winning hospital that offers a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services. We have continued to expand our facilities and added services to meet the needs of patients in our community. We’re the second largest employer in Wayne County and, most recently, was named a Community Value Top 100 Hospital for 2018 by Cleverley + Associates. For more information, learn more by visiting www.woosterhospital.org.
About IBM Watson Health
Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest health care challenges, including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more.
This spring, EMS personnel in Wayne County will change the way they respond to patients who are in cardiac arrest.
New research suggests that cardiac arrest patients have a better chance of survival when emergency personnel use the “stay and treat” method. With this method, EMS personnel arrive and stay on the scene to administer CPR until the patient has a pulse again.
This new method is different from the more traditional “scoop and run” method. That is, emergency responders arrive on the scene and immediately place the patient in an ambulance, performing CPR on the way to the hospital.
“Most fire departments/ EMS agencies that have put emphasis on early, high-quality CPR have seen their survival rates double and the vast majority have good neurological function,” says Jennifer Kline, Wooster Community Hospital ED Physician and EMS Medical Director.
Kline and Ryan Sullivan, Firefighter/ paramedic and Wooster Community Hospital EMS Coordinator, have reviewed the existing literature on the stay and treat method, and have visited those area agencies that already use it.
“Cardiac arrest is one of the few conditions that are treated the exact same way in the emergency room as on scene with EMS,” says Kline. “Our goal is to get a pulse back as soon as possible, then transport for further care.”
Individuals are much more likely to survive cardiac arrest if they receive CPR as soon as possible, preferably before emergency responders arrive. While cardiac arrest survival is about 10 percent nationally, the chance of a good outcome increases by 50 percent when a bystander performs chest compressions on the patient.
The new method also will include a protocol for when EMS personnel are unable to get a pulse even after appropriate CPR attempts. If resuscitation protocol is terminated, emergency responders may discuss the option of declaring a patient deceased after adequate cardiac arrest care has taken place on scene. “Having this option can help prevent further risk to EMS teams, families, and patients,” Kline explains.
These following Wayne County Fire departments and other emergency agencies will implement the new approach: Wooster City Fire, Wooster Twp. Fire, Central Fire, South Central Fire, Samaritan Care, Paint Twp. Fire, New Pittsburg Fire, Apple Creek Fire and Clinton Twp. Fire Departments.
If you are a bystander when someone stops breathing, it is important to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. The 9-1-1 dispatcher will instruct you to perform CPR on the patient and will stay on the phone until EMS arrives.
Don’t know how to perform CPR? You can get started by contacting your local fire department and Wooster Community Hospital Health System for classes.
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