HMH lauded

By MARTY FINLEY
The News Enterprise

August 15, 2008

HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin Memorial Hospital was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders in a Thomson Reuters study.

The hospitals recognized all showed the ability to improve efficiency, raise clinical outcomes and progress financially, according to the study.

Michelle Murphy, director of marketing and public affairs at HMH, said the award is a testament to the hard work of hospital staff over the years to increase the quality of care.

In addition, the study monitored hospitals throughout the country for several years. Winners exhibited significant gains in areas which included reducing the number of expected deaths and safety events as opposed to having more than expected; improving protocol adherence; increasing expenses by only 2.5 percent; establishing and maintaining a stable profit margin of 6.8 percent; and releasing patients quicker with better success than non-winning hospitals.

The hospitals are selected through a series of public sources, primarily the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data set and the Medicare Cost Report. The study focused on 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals.

The study divided the 100 hospitals into five categories: major teaching hospitals, teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals and small community hospitals.

HMH was recognized as a large community hospital, alongside Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.

In all, six Kentucky hospitals were honored in the study, Murray-Calloway County Hospital; Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville; St. Joseph East in Lexington; and Baptist Hospital Northeast in LaGrange.

HMH President David Gray said he was happy to see Kentucky represented well in the study and was honored to be listed among the likes of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

"That's a pretty good list of hospitals to be included with," Gray said.

The award is not the first time the hospital has been recognized by Thomson Reuters. The hospital was named a 100 Top Hospital: National Benchmark Standards for the second time earlier this year along with the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington and Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.

Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry said the hospital had been working diligently for the last six or seven years to increase quality control, particularly in areas such as performance safety and clinical outcomes.

Berry, who sits on the county-owned hospital's board of trustees, said they often focus heavily on the financial endeavors of the hospital, but have not lost sight of patient care or medical efficiency.

Gray said it is also reflective of the hospital's investments in equipment and facilities as they work to offer comprehensive care for patients.

Berry added it is reflective of the people as well.

"It speaks well of our community," he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.

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